Silva is struggling with life in England, particularly the weather. He comes from Gran Canaria - where the average winter temperature is 23 degrees C - and wanted to stay in Spain when he left Valencia in the summer but City were the only club prepared to pay the ?24 million asking price.
Cold comfort: David Silva has struggled to settle at City
His struggle to adapt to life in Manchester has alerted Atletico, who wanted to sign him last season and they have already held talks with his agent Julio Llorente.
City will be looking to recoup the money for the 25-year-old who scored City's goal in the 2-1 derby defeat last week.
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