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Man City signing Silva: English weather not putting me off

Manchester City signing David Silva insists he can handle England's ice cold winters.

Silva comes from the sun-kissed island of Gran Canaria and is relaxing there in the sweltering heat before he joins up with his new Blues team-mates on Monday.

Foreign stars have struggled in the past to adapt to the Mancunian weather and the £24million Spain winger claims it will not be a problem.

"I know that the weather in Manchester is different than Valencia or the Canaries," he said. "But I'm coming to Manchester to play football in a great team, not for sunbathing or going to the beach!"

Silva's City debut will be against his old club Valencia at Eastlands on August 7 and he is thrilled to be meeting his former team-mates so soon.

"It will be a nice start, won't it?" said Silva, who has scored on his two previous games in England against City and Chelsea. "I enjoyed my time with Valencia so it's great that my old club could also be my first home game.

"I'm here to create and score goals and hopefully I can do both. What I'm looking forward to the most is playing in front of our fans.

"I've heard that City supporters are loyal, passionate and very brave. They shout and sing all the time and they have always supported the team, even through difficult times.

"I'm eager to experience that from inside the stadium and I'm excited by the challenge ahead for the team."

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