Sunday 30 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Manchester City completed the signing of Spain international David Silva from Valencia as the club made a series of marquee signings during a busy summer period.
The playmaker agreed the deal whilst out in South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Silva, then 24 years of age, went on to play in the final of the tournament as Spain won the World Cup title for the first time in their history.
Silva also arrived with plenty of UEFA Champions League experience with Valencia, and he was also joined by Barcelona’s Yaya Toure, Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng and Serbian wing back Aleksandar Kolarov in a busy few weeks for Roberto Mancini’s side.
The midfielder quickly adapted to the Barclays Premier League with his flair, scoring four goals and making nine assists as City finished third and qualified for the Champions League for the first time. He also got his hands on silverware as the club won the 2011 FA Cup, beating Stoke City in the final.
In the next campaign, Silva was influential as City won their first Barclays Premier League title on a thrilling final day of the season, narrowly edging local rivals Manchester United with a superior goal difference. Silva created the most assists in the League that season, setting up 17 goals, as well as contributing six goals. At international level, he scored in Spain's Euro 2012 final victory over Italy.
Overall, the Spaniard has scored 14 goals and earned 38 assists in 103 appearances for City.