Real Valladolid coach Jose Luis Mendilibar says Valencia midfielder David Silva can be a huge Spanish star.

The 21-year-old Silva played under Mendilibar at Eibar in 2004-05, and the experienced coach knows what the Spain star is capable of.

"When Silva arrived at Eibar he was largely unknown, save for some game with the national under-18 side," the former Athletic Bilbao boss said.

"We did not know what he could do, but we soon saw that he was going to be a great player.

"With his quality, his competitiveness, his bravery and the way he doesn't give anything away, he is the complete player."