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Silva inks Man City deal; Llorente set to negotiate future in January

Manchester City midfield maestro David Silva has agreed to terms on a new five-year deal with the English Premier League champions, which will keep him under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2017, Sky Sports understands.

The Spain international, who tallied a league-leading 15 assists last season, has made five goal-less and assist-less appearances for City in 2012-13.

However, it’s only a matter of time before he gets going.

“I’ve been here for two years now and I feel very happy here at the club, in the city and with all the people,” revealed Silva.

“So now I’m delighted to be extending my contract and being here really does feel just like home for me.

“We’ve won the Premier League title and two other trophies too, and the team is growing and we are now aiming at the Champions League and so that also is another reason to want to stay here and try and win it.”

Silva had been negotiating a new long-term bumper deal worth £200,000-a-week during the summer. Now that he has officially put pen-to-paper, he can focus solely on football.

Now then, Manchester City will kick-off their 2012-13 UEFA Champions League campaign against Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were — and perhaps still are — keen on the Manchester City man, at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday, September 18.

Champions League Betting Odds | Real Madrid v Manchester City

Real Madrid (8/11) v Manchester City (4/1); Draw (11/4)

Total Goals | Over 2.5 (13/20| Under 2.5 (6/5)

Real Madrid Goalscorers | Cristiano Ronaldo (4/7) | Karim Benzema (11/10) | Gonzalo Higuain (7/5)

Manchester City Goalscorers | Carlos Tevez (2/1) | Sergio Aguero (2/1) | Edin Dzeko (5/2)

Llorente set to negotiate future in January

According to Sky Sports, Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has revealed that he will be free to negotiate his future during the January transfer window, but has insisted that he wants to help Los Leones until then.

Llorente, who has entered the final year of his current contract, scored on his 2012-13 debut after replacing Ismael López Blanco against Espanyol on Sunday.

“In January, I am free to negotiate my future,” he told Radio Cadena Ser. “But I want to be focused to try to help the team.

“It has been a bumpy and hard summer. I’ve had to make tough decisions. You never know how things are going and I had to go through difficult times.

“When you pass bad times, you get stronger and I’m happy things are calmer.”

Llorente has been linked with the likes of Juventus, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Wouldn’t it be something if Liverpool signed “another” Fernando Torres? By the way, Llorente’s full name is Fernando Llorente Torres.

Mon 17 September, 2012
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