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Silva keeping his focus on Spain
Published : 12 Jun 2010 15:12:00
David Silva insists his thoughts are focused on Spain's World Cup campaign and not on where he might be playing his club football next season. The highly-rated Valencia midfielder, who will be hoping to be part of Spain's starting line-up for their opening match in South Africa against Switzerland on Wednesday, has long been the subject of intense transfer speculation and this summer has been no different The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Inter Milan have all been linked with a possible swoop for Silva but so far Los Che have managed to keep suitors at bay. However, as was the case with David Villa who recently moved to Barca for 40million euros, the cash-strapped Primera Division club might decide to sell if they receive a big-money bid for the 24-year-old Canarian. Nevertheless, Silva today insisted he has put aside any thoughts about his future to concentrate on international matters. "Right now I'm very calm. The only thing in my head is the national team and to have a good World Cup with the team," he said. "I'm not thinking about the club or possible exits. The calm that there is here (in the Spain camp) helps a lot for not thinking about anything else." Spain were the last of the 32 participating countries to arrive in South Africa as they touched down in Johannesburg yesterday morning before making their way to their base in Potchefstroom. The European champions come into the tournament on the back of a phenomenal run of form that has seen victorious in 45 - including two after extra time - of their last 48 matches, during which time they have lost just once. Spain's most recent triumph saw them thrash Poland 6-0 on Tuesday night in their final warm-up match before leaving for South Africa. That win was not only a confidence booster but further emphasised why Vicente Del Bosque's side are so highly-fancied to claim the World Cup trophy next month. Spain have been keen to play down that tag of favourites over the last few months, and Silva admits the euphoria and expectations surrounding the team could work against them if they are not careful. "It depends how you look at it. If there is a lot of euphoria it could be detrimental, but we know what we have to do and if we are focused on ourselves, everything will go fine," he said. With Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas both seemingly back to health after each missed the end of the Premier League season through injury, Del Bosque's biggest fitness doubt coming into South Africa looked to be Andres Iniesta, although Xabi Alonso finished training early today as a precaution due to a niggle. Iniesta suffered a thigh muscle injury during the win over Poland and has been training away from his team-mates as he looks to recover. It remains to be seen if Iniesta will be fit in time for Spain's clash with Switzerland, but Silva hopes his fellow midfielder is back to 100% soon. "He suffered a little injury but thank goodness he's recovering. He's a very important for us. The sooner he's back with us the better. He's a great player who gives us a lot of joy," said Silva.