David Josue Jimenez Silva (born 8 January 1986) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Spanish national team. Silva is capable of playing on the wing, as a traditional number 10 and sometimes as a supporting striker. A Spanish international since the age of 20 with over fifty caps, he was a member of the squads that won both the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.
He spent six years of his professional career with Valencia CF, appearing in more than 150 games and winning one Copa del Rey, before moving in 2010 to Manchester City. Since joining City, his consistently excellent performances have earned the nickname "Merlin" from his English teammates, Adam Johnson and Micah Richards.
Silva began the 2011-12 season in fine form, scoring the third goal in City's 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City and was voted man of the match. Silva also scored the following week against Bolton Wanderers, and was named man of the match. Silva then set up two of Sergio Aguero's three goals in city's second home game against Wigan Athletic, after another magnificent display from Silva, Roberto Mancini compared Silva to fellow Spain internationals Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta and said that Silva is "One of the best players in the world". On 1 October Silva was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for his outstanding performances and making it the first time ever that two Manchester City players have won the award in back to back months with Edin Dzeko winning it the month before.