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Man City face fight to keep star Spaniard out of La Liga clutches

| 06.02.2014

Few would argue with the assertion that Manchester City were having a bad enough week already, after Chelsea pierced a huge hole in Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s shield of invincibility by winning 1-0 at the Etihad.

Despite that loss, City fans will be cheered to hear that their beloved club are still 10/11 favourites to win the Premier League with Ladbrokes, although their mood may be further darkened by rumours linking Barcelona with a summer swoop for midfielder David Silva.

The diminutive Canary Islands native has been a revelation in England since the Citizens parted with £24m for his services back in 2010.

Silva has fired home 22 goals and laid on a whopping 57 assists for teammates in just 160 appearances for City, but the former Valencia man is far from a certain starter for his country, having appeared in just five La Roja matches since their successful Euro 2012 campaign.

The 28-year-old is thought to be content with life on the blue half of Manchester, although he could be tempted back to his homeland under the right circumstances.

With Barcelona rumoured to be preparing for life without midfield stalwart Xavi, who’s just entered his 35th year, by plotting a move for Silva, the City schemer could yet be plying his trade at the Nou Camp come the start of next term.

While a move for the 77-cap Spain international would certainly be audacious, Barca are reportedly readying a mammoth bid to bring Silva back to La Liga and much will depend on the player’s thoughts on the subject.

Although Silva still has three and a half years left to run on his Etihad contract and is held in the highest regard by his employers, Samir Nasri starred on City’s left-wing while his teammate was out injured earlier this season.

Silva is two years older than Nasri at 26 and although Pellegrini will surely fight to keep him out of Barca’s clutches, the prospect of City selling the Spaniard for an inflated fee cannot be ruled out, especially in the coming era of Financial Fair Play.

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Alex Fortune