Silva, a World Cup and Euro 2008 double winner, has felt the full force of Premier League defenders since he joined City for £25million from Valencia seven months ago.
But he said: “You get people coming through the back of you in Spain, too, so I have got used to it. I don’t think the Premier League is more dangerous. But referees don’t blow for certain challenges. They let more things go in this country.
“People talk about my height. But football is not just a game for tall people, is it? It’s played by people of all sizes.
The main thing which has helped me settle in, relax and play good football is that I have felt at home.
“I’m enjoying it here and feel good that we’re not out of the title race yet. So while there is hope we will be fighting until the end.
“You can’t really put your finger on a period of time when City will be successful. We’re all trying to be that team and gradually we are getting close in terms of how people gel.
“It was absolutely great, though, that Carlos Tevez decided to stay. It can only be positive for us. He’s a big, big player who brings all kinds of things to the team.”