Monday, May 21st, 2012
The front page of Monday’s AS translates easily into English.
“David Silva, Objetivo Blanco” screeched the Madrid-based paper, whilst the story was filled out as follows: Jose Mourinho wishes to compliment Mesut Ozil’s creativity role in the Los Blancos side with fresh blood so, if Kaka can be sold to the likes of PSG this summer, Real can replace the Brazilian with Silva.
It goes without saying that the ifs, buts and caveats to this story make it – at this stage at least – nothing more than pure speculation. Nevertheless City fans will be concerned over a trend playing out this summer.
Despite winning the Premier League and establishing themselves as top dog in England, so far this summer much of the chatter has centred on whether City can keep hold of their star players.
Rumours that Yaya Toure is ready to ditch Eastlands to head to either Barcelona or Real Madrid are doing the rounds, while now this Silva story further intimates that City’s star players can be prised from Manchester.
So what’s Silva’s contract status?
The Spanish playmaker is tied down to the Etihad until 2014, but it is widely known that the Citizens wish to extend his current deal until 2016. Suggestions are that Manchester City will offer Silva a £200,000-a-week contract so that he’ll be getting paid on a par with Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez. As of right now, though, no contract extension has been agreed between the parties.