Ever since Manchester City were taken over by billionaire Sheik Mansour, every player has had his position in the squad scrutinised. Rumours constantly arise linking apparently disgruntled squad members with big-money moves away from Eastlands yet very rarely do they fully materialise.
One player who has somewhat avoided the City rumour mill is David Silva, who this week penned a new five-year contract with the club, much to the delight of the Manchester City betting community.
The deal comes as just reward for an emphatic breakthrough season last campaign that saw Silva score eight goals and hold down a place in a competitive City squad. The attacking midfielder rocketed City to an early lead in the Premier League and although his goals dried up as the season progressed he remained a fans’ favourite.
Amidst a striking unit of Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, Silva has held his own and has started the season reasonably well in a City shirt, yet concerns arose nearing transfer deadline day that the Spaniard was set to leave Eastlands after City agreed an £8m for Scott Sinclair.
Thankfully Silva stayed and this new five-year deal proves his commitment to the City cause. Far too often fans and pundits alike call for replacements when the team underperforms and City’s recent 1-1 draw with Stoke City spurned questions over their chances of defending the Premier League title this season.
Yet many punters on Bet Victor believe that constantly bringing in new players is rarely the solution to success in football and Silva’s contract shows manager Roberto Mancini is developing a squad, rather than an amalgamation of superstars.
That era of big spending is over and instead Mancini looks set to secure the future of the stars he’s got rather than swap them for others. Retaining Silva’s services may not boost shirt sales but it will provide profitable to building a team capable of conquering Europe this season.