David Silva happy Man City rushed through deal
That City had already made their intentions known was perfect for the 24-year-old, who quickly agreed to make the move to Eastlands for £25million and sign a four-year contract.
"They made it very clear they wanted me and were happy to stick their necks out. I wanted to pay that back."
It works both ways of course. City are now getting a World Cup winner, even if Silva only made the bench for that famous final victory over Holland in Johannesburg.
It is a prize he will covet for life although he wants to expand his medal collection with a few honours for his new club.
"I have come here to win titles and important trophies," he said.
"This club is going to places I want to visit.