Silva 'very happy' at Man City and prepared to snub CSL riches

The Spain international is among those to have been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, but he intends to honour his contract at the Etihad Stadium

David Silva insists he is “very happy” at Manchester City and intends to honour his contract due to run until the summer of 2019.

The Spain international committed to a new five-year deal with City in August 2014.

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He was rewarded with fresh terms after proving himself to be one of the finest creative talents in world football, not just the Premier League.

The 30-year-old is, however, now a figure likely to attract interest from afar.

City’s riches should ensure that no direct rival is allowed to get near their talismanic playmaker, but leading clubs in China could test their resolve.

Silva is among those to have been linked with a big-money move to Asia, but he insists that he is settled at the Etihad Stadium and not looking for a fresh start.

He told Onda Cera: “I have two and a half years on my contract and I am very happy here.”

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Silva has every reason to be content having enjoyed a productive six-and-a-half-year spell in England.

Since arriving from Valencia, the World Cup winner has added two Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and a Community Shield triumph to his enviable roll of honour.

He is now chasing down further silverware in 2017, with City still in the race for the English top-flight crown despite slipping seven points adrift of Chelsea.

Silva added: “We must battle until the end. Whoever does best in the second half of the season will win it.”

Pep Guardiola’s side are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League and the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Silva shining in a 5-0 demolition of West Ham on Friday.

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He said: “We are excited about the competition and aim to win it.”

City last lifted the trophy in 2011, with Wigan Athletic denying Silva a second winners’ medal when they stunned Roberto Mancini’s side in 2013.