David Silva has dismissed reports that he is homesick and unhappy with life in England.

Last weekend some newspapers linked the 25-year-old, who signed for City from Valencia last July with a move back to Spain.

But David, speaking at a promotional event in his role as a tourism ambassador for his native Gran Canaria, expressed his puzzlement at the rumours and reiterated his happiness with City.

“I was as surprised as anyone-else here to have read those reports. I do the odd interview with Spanish press but I have never come out with these quotes that may or may not have been attributed to me.

“My initial reaction was surprise, but as I have said before, I am happy to be here and I find myself very much at ease with life here.

“The thing about a big city like Manchester is that people respect your space. They leave you to get on with your life. In Spain, people can get on your back and maybe live the game more. Here it’s nice to go out and chill in the city.”

The World Cup-winner quickly took to life in the Premier League with some increasingly influential performances, and City fans voted him as their player of the month on three consecutive occasions. He did admit to struggling early on but was generous in acknowledging help that he received from people around him.

“The help of my team mates, and all the people at the club has helped my settling-in period go so smoothly. It was difficult to begin with, but I was not quite 100% fit because I missed part of pre-season due to my late arrival from the World Cup.

“There were also a couple of international friendlies that involved long journeys which interrupted me getting shape. I didn’t have the time then, but since then I think the form has started to come through for me.”