Manchester City playmaker David Silva penned a new five-year contract today – and has named Blues fans as a major factor for his extended stay.
The World Cup and double European Championship winner – who joined from Valencia for £24million in 2010 – agreed to ply his trade with the Blues until 2017 despite being linked with a move home.
And the 26-year-old, who helped guide City to their first Premier League success last season, revealed that the Etihad faithful had been keen to see him commit his long-term future to the club.
“The fans have always given me their support since I arrived here and recently they’ve been wanting me to sign,” said Silva.
“Hopefully this goes someway to thanking them for the affection they’ve shown towards me, something which also helped me decide to put pen to paper.”
The Spain midfielder follows keeper Joe Hart and captain Vincent Kompany in securing new deals and is now setting his sights on more silverware at a club where he feels he belongs.
“I’m very pleased because I’ve been here for two years now and I feel very happy here at the club, in the city and with all the people,” Silva added.
“We’ve won the Premier League title and two other trophies too, and the team is growing and we are now aiming at the Champions League and so that also is another reason to want to stay here and try and win it.
“As I said, I feel very comfortable here and I want to try and win trophies like those.”
The news comes as a timely boost for City as they head to the Bernabeu for a glamour tie against Real Madrid tomorrow.
The Blues fell at the first hurdle in the Champions League last year and will look to get this season’s campaign off to a good start against the Spanish champions.