Man City’s Mancini hails ‘fantastic’ Silva

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has praised the performance of David Silva in the 2-0 Europa League win over Red Bull Salzburg.

The Spanish midfielder, signed from Valencia in the summer, has experienced a tough start to his Eastlands career but showed his £24million valuation with a brilliant showing against the Austrians on Thursday night, prompting Mancini to shower him with praise.

“David is the fantastic player, and for him it is a different situation now," said Mancini.

"He is playing a different kind of football. But after one month, he is ready to go 100% for the team.

"He will be an important player for the future. He is a strong player who played for Valencia in the Champions League for many years.

"He knows how to play football. Arsenal have two or three players like David and they play very well.

"David can play in every position. For Valencia he played either right or left wing but I think this position (behind the striker) is the best for him."