David Silva has revealed why he chose to turn down a move to both Real Madrid and Barcelona in favour of a switch to Manchester City in 2010
The Spanish midfielder caught the interest of clubs following his strongest campaign for Valencia back in the 2009/10 season.
Silva proved to be a key figure in the squad that got Valencia back into the Champions League and notably managed three assists for Los Che in a last-16 Europa League 4–4 thriller against Werder Bremen.
Interest in the then 24-year-old was high with Real, Barcelona and City all keen.
But, while accepting that playing for Real or Barca is the dream for most Spanish footballers, Silva decided on a €32m move to City instead.
“City wanted me,” He told BBC.
“They had been calling me since December, asking me to come and play for them.
“I thought, ‘who wants me? City wants me, so that’s where I’ll go’.
“Back then I was living with my parents and they were getting divorced and it was the right time to get away from there, from Spain, and live a new experience.
“It turns out I made the right move.”
Silva has provided 62 goals and 115 assists across all competitions for City over the last eight years.
The former Spain international has won three Premier League titles and EFL Cups as well as the FA Cup in 2011.
Although Silva has announced his plans to end his stay at the Etihad Stadium in two years time to join Spanish second division side Las Palmas.