Mirror: Silva targets a long and successful City stay
- 23 March 2014 08:20
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
As if waking up to headlines on the subject of City’s emphatic 5-0 win over Fulham isn't enough…
The title race seemed to transform from a horse meet into a turbo-charged 22nd century Formula One pursuit on Saturday, with rivals City, Chelsea and Liverpool racking up 17 goals between them in wins.
But shifting our attention away from the hand-to-mouth gobbling up of Premier League points, there are “big picture” quotes from a fans’ favourite that will gladden the hearts of Blues all over the globe.
David Silva has been speaking about his future and he’s revealed that he’ll resist any advances from La Liga this summer to stay at City to try and win the UEFA Champions League.
“I’m very used to the rumours every summer. They have been around a long time,” Silva is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
“It’s the way football works – just rumours. I’m very happy at Manchester City and I think that shows on the pitch as well. The first thing is that I want to win the Premier League this year. And then I want to win the Champions League. We want to get bigger every year, regardless of what is happening at Manchester United.
“I think this is the most exciting City team I have played in. That attacking style helps, not just for me, but for all the players to go forward and score more goals.
“I ask myself in every game to be the one to take responsibility. I enjoy creating goals more than scoring them.”
However good all that sounds, we can’t let this morning’s round-up pass without making mention of Yaya Toure’s colossal performance in yesterday’s victory.
The Ivorian received Man of the Match plaudits in the Manchester Evening News’ player ratings piece with 9/10 and he also takes the same award in the Express, who described his afternoon as a “Toure de Force”.
“The midfielder’s composure from the penalty spot put City in control, while his hat-trick goal was stunning. He is City’s key player,” said Express journalist Mike Whalley.
There’s also an enjoyable article on the Bleacher Report website which tells the story of Yaya’s day in tweets which is well worth a look if you’re into your footballing facts and figures.
The most eye-catching of them is this frankly ridiculous stat on the 30-year old’s record from set-pieces this season…
Yaya Toure has scored with 9 of his 10 attempts from dead ball situations (4 free-kicks & 5 penalties) this season in the PL.— 8 Fact Football (@8Fact_Footballl) March 22, 2014
Yaya for Premier League Player of the Year? Of course I’m biased but if not him, then who?
Elsewhere, there’s a City-centric transfer rumour to be found in the Daily Star, with Paul Hetherington writing that the Blues could be set to rival United for the signature of Sporting’s Brazilian midfielder, William Carvalho.
“Carvalho, 21, has emerged as United boss David Moyes’ main midﬁeld target – alongside Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos,” Hetherington writes.
“But City – aware of United’s move for Carvalho – have now ofﬁcially declared their interest. That’s despite also wanting another defensive midﬁ elder in Portugal in Porto’s Fernando. City boss Manuel Pellegrini is said to be hugely impressed by the powerful Carvalho.
“And when Txiki Begiristain, technical director at The Etihad, asked Sporting for a price, he was quoted £32m.”
As ever, we’ll be first to bring you confirmed transfer stories when the deals are done this summer here on mcfc.co.uk.
Finally, fans in the United States are in for a treat this afternoon with a special City documentary set to air on the NBC Sports Network – the very first in their “Premier League 36” series.
We opened our doors to NBC for 36 hours to let their crew film the on- and off-field activities at the club and this programme will air at 3:30pm ET today.
Do not miss it!