David Silva says joining Manchester City eight years ago was “one of the best decisions” of his life, despite interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid at the time.
The Spain midfielder, then 24, was signed from Valencia in July 2010.
Silva accepts it is a dream for most Spanish footballers to play for Barca or Real, but says the strength of City’s interest that proved decisive.
“City wanted me,” he says in an interview for the Premier League Show.
“They had been calling me since December, asking me to come and play for them.
“I thought, ‘who wants me? City want me, so that’s where I’ll go’.
“Back then I was living with my parents and they were getting divorced and it was the right time to get away from there, from Spain, and live a new experience. It turns out I made the right move.”
Silva has helped City win the Premier League three times, but it was the FA Cup win in 2011 that is the highlight of his club career so far.
City beat Stoke 1-0 at Wembley, allowing Silva – also a World Cup and two-time European Championship winner – to lift the first of the seven major trophies he has won at the club.
“That was the turning point for success,” he said.