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18 Sep 2010 14:09:21

| Submit Comments| Comments (7)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapIt's a long way from Soccer City to the DW Stadium ? but David Silva insists he is ready for the challenge. The 24-year-old winger is, by his own admission, still feeling his way into the Premier League after helping Spain win the World Cup in South Africa two months ago. He could be forgiven for shuddering at the thought of tomorrow?s trip to Wigan ? a place which has brought City little joy in recent years. The Blues have never won at the DW Stadium, a run which includes an embarrassing Carling Cup exit in 2002 when the Latics were two divisions below them. Yet Silva is keen to play a part, having enjoyed the confidence boost of netting his first City goal in Thursday night?s 2-0 Europa League victory over Red Bull Salzburg. It has not been an easy transition to English football for the £24m buy from Valencia, who only joined up with his new team-mates at the start of last month following his World Cup adventures. ?I didn?t have a good pre-season, firstly because of the World Cup,? he admitted. ?I then had to go away with the national team to Mexico and Argentina and that made it hard for me to settle in at Manchester City. ?But slowly and bit by bit, as time goes by, I feel more and more at home. I will be better.? Those words should, at least, ease any fears that Silva is not finding English football to his liking. ?It is very beautiful and very competitive,? he said. ?I?m very happy to be part of it. ?The main thing for us now is to continue the way we are playing and keep winning. ?I don?t know much about Wigan. I know about Roberto Martinez obviously because he is Spanish and is a good young manager. ?They let in a lot of goals at the start of the season, but now they seem to be doing better. Every day I learn a bit more about the teams in the Premier League. "I know it will be a difficult game and they beat a lot of big teams at home last season.? It is not just a different pace of football that Silva has had to adapt to, but a different lifestyle in a different country. The weather may be a bit colder in Manchester than it is in his native Gran Canaria, but he does not mind. He said: ?It?s very different to Spain, but good. The weather is obviously different and Manchester is colder. ?But it is a wonderful experience and one I want to treasure and take forward.? Silva?s team-mates have no doubts that he will be a success at the City of Manchester Stadium as he was at the Mestalla. Gareth Barry, who has been watching Silva closely on the training ground, said: ?He was always going to take time to settle in. "Against Salzburg he only showed small glimpses of what he can do, and he will get better. ?We know his qualities from training with him every day. He is still adapting, but the more time he spends in England and around our players, the better he will become. ?I haven?t seen too much criticism of him. Sometimes it takes a player a season to settle, but any criticism is unfair because we know the quality he has.? If Silva is to make an impact against Wigan tomorrow, it may well be from the bench. Although he played a full 90 minutes on the opening day at Tottenham, he has been named as a substitute for City?s three Premier League games since, managing only 14 minutes on the pitch. He has, though, started all three of the Blues? Europa League matches, and kept himself ticking over nicely with a couple of international goals ? one in a friendly against Mexico last month, another as Liechtenstein were thrashed 4-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier a fortnight ago. | Submit Comments| Comments (7)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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