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Man City scoff at Silvestre blast: He was desperate to sign for us!

Manchester City have been left unimpressed by Mikael Silvestre's critical outburst last week. Former Manchester United defender Silvestre last week caused consternation when he accused City of "buying trophies" and "shutting the door" to young talent.

But speaking to the Sunday Mirror, a Manchester City insider said: "Silvestre came to us when his contract had expired at Arsenal and asked if we would be interested in signing him.

"In fact, he was a bit desperate about it. It was a touch embarrassing to see a former United player in such obvious need of a final pay day.

"There was never any chance of Silvestre coming to City, of course, but it seems he's now got an ace to grind.

"We read his comments about Manchester City with a mixture of surprise and amusement, given they were made by a player who made it clear he was happy to come and play for a club he apparently has no respect for if we paid his wages.

"There used to be a time when it was said that City spoke more about United than their own club - but it seems the opposite is true now.

"It would be interesting to see if Mikel Silvestre is aware of the money both Manchester clubs have spent in the transfer market during 2014. He might be surprised."

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