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David Silva: I had to join Manchester City to help Valencia

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has admitted that the only reason he left Valencia was because the debt-ridden club wanted to cash in on him.

David Silva had to join Manchester City to save Valencia from financial meltdown
David Silva had to join Manchester City to save Valencia from financial meltdown

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Silva was happy at Valencia, but was compelled to leave for England because the club's debt burden meant they could not turn down City's offer of £27 million.

Valencia's financial problems stem from a plan to replace the Mestalla with a new stadium which was cancelled due to the financial crisis, leaving the club with debts exceeding £400 million.

Silva was one of the two marquee names to leave Valencia in the summer. Star striker David Villa was sold to Barcelona for £35 million the week before Silva's transfer.

"Why did I leave Valencia? Because the club needed me to," Silva told the Manchester Evening News.

"I was happy there and I wouldn't have left, but the situation the club was in demanded it. It was a big injection of money and it was good for them.

"City showed a great interest and I wanted to settle it quickly. It was a very interesting offer, a good club and I didn't have to think too much. Everyone agreed and I'm very happy."

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