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Silva excited to link up with Navas

June 7, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

David Silva says he is delighted that Jesus Navas is joining Manchester City as he believes his Spain team-mate is "a great player".

David Silva and Jesus Navas Spain
GettyImagesDavid Silva and Jesus Navas have been international team-mates with Spain for four years

Navas' current club Sevilla announced on Monday that a transfer had been agreed with City, and the 27-year-old winger himself revealed this week that talks had been ongoing for months.

The deal, thought to be worth around €20 million, may not be officially completed until after Spain return from this month's Confederations Cup in Brazil, but Silva is looking forward to linking up with his compatriot when the move is made official.

"Navas is at a mature age, he is a great player and he will be very good for us," Silva said at Spain's pre-tournament camp in Miami. "I am very happy to have him as a team-mate."

Spain's Confederations Cup preparations include warm-up friendlies against minnows Haiti in Miami and Ireland in New York.

And Silva believes that despite being 63rd in the FIFA World Rankings, Haiti will provide a decent challenge for the World Cup and European Championship holders when they meet on Saturday evening.

"It is useful for us to play against these type of teams," he said. "They sit back a lot and then come out on the counter. It will be a good test."