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Silva confident of City success

September 18, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City star David Silva is convinced he will prove a success in England.

David Silva celebrates his goal with Carlos Tevez
GettyImagesDavid Silva was in impressive form against Salzburg

Silva, who scored for City in their Europa League victory over Salzburg on Thursday, moved to Eastlands from Valencia this summer, but Roberto Mancini has been reluctant to use him in the Premier League.

However, the Spain international insists there is no problem in regard to his stature and feels it is just a matter of settling in.

"I do not agree that I am too small," he said. "I know people say you have to be big and strong to play in the Premier League but you cannot just judge a player by their size. You have to look at their other qualities too.

"Look at Spain - we won the World Cup with small players. In the Spanish team, we have the three main attributes of a winning team. We are good technically, we are quick, but also strong. I'm confident I can be a success in English football. As I have said all along, I just need time."

He added: "It's very different to Spain. The weather is obviously different and Manchester is colder, but it is a wonderful experience and one I want to treasure and take forward."

Team-mate Gareth Barry has spoken out in defence of Silva, who has seen his first few weeks at City disrupted by international commitments with his country.

"Any criticism of David is unfair because we all know the quality he has," he said. "He was always going to take time to settle because he has come into the Premier League from a completely different type of football.

"Against Salzburg he only showed small glimpses of what he can do. We know he will get better.

"The more he plays the more he will improve. We know his qualities from training with him every day, but he is still adapting. The more time he spends in England and around our players, the better he will become.

"Sometimes it takes a player a season to settle before you see the best of them, but in the end I am confident his will be obvious to everyone."