Real Madrid have been linked with a sensational move for Manchester City playmaker David Silva, offering him a chance to move back to his homeland.
Silva was a crucial part of the Manchester City team than clinched the Premier League title, contributing 6 goals and 15 assists as pundits and critics alike labelled him the “best player in the Premier League” – so the interest from Madrid isn’t particularly surprising. However, there are more factors to consider.
We’ll start with Madrid’s attacking midfield options. Mesut Ozil is a very good player but there have been question marks over his durability as he often struggles to finish matches whilst Kaka is seemingly on a decline and could leave the club very soon. The playmaker in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system doesn’t necessarily need to be quick because they use Angel di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo on counter attacks to great effect, so Silva could fit in well there.
Mourinho also almost bought Silva when the 26 year old was with Valencia – but he decided against it and bought Ozil instead for a fraction of the price. Having proven himself in England, Silva is now the subject of renewed interest from the Spanish giants, but would Silva up sticks and move back home?
Under Roberto Mancini, Silva is a mainstay of the team – even despite a slight dip in form after New Year. Would he sacrifice that to move over to Madrid and challenge with either Ozil or Kaka for a starting spot? It seems like a big risk and with City developing as a top club in European Football, Silva would be silly to leave in my opinion.
Before that even becomes a viable option though, you have to consider whether City would even think about selling him. No. Is he good enough to play at that level? Most definitely. Do they need the money from a sale? Absolutely not. There is no reason for City to so much as entertain the idea of selling one of their star players.
Whilst I like the idea of Silva playing in that Madrid system, it’s a complete non-starter for me. Madrid have a very good playmaker already in Ozil, City don’t need to sell and Silva is part of a rapidly growing team that are primed to win trophies for years to come.
The only way this could happen is if Kaka is sold and Silva forces the City board to sell him, and I can only envisage the Kaka scenario panning out this summer.
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