The Canary Island town of Arguineguín is the place where the Valeron’s took residence. Their son’s, Juan Carlos and Miguel Angel, always had a penchant for football. Juan Carlos, an efficient passer of the ball went on to make 234 appearances for the Galician’s Deportiva La Coruna. His brother, Miguel Angel, also enjoyed a career in the beautiful game.
Arguineguín, as well as boasting a thriving fishing community, boasts another footballing family. The father, Fernando Jimenez, used to work as a municipal police officer in and around the town and the Mother, Eva, is of Japanese descent. Their son, David, joined the Valencia youth academy in 2000, the same year Juan Carlos Valeron left the island of Majorca for the capital city and Atletico Madrid.
David still lives with his parents and up until today he worked with one of them too. His father is the security guard of the Paterna training ground of Valencia. Each morning as David rolled his shiny black car into the training ground, he would find his dad, armed with a smile and quite possibly a word of assurance. That is, up until today, when David Silva completed a £30 million move to frivolous cash spenders Manchester City.
Silva has always had talent; evident right from the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship’s when the Los Che’s man netted four goals. 2005 proved to be quite a prolific year for the midfielder. He followed his compatriot Valeron to Galicia, albeit on loan. Silva turned out for Celta de Vigo, the chief rivals of Valeron’s Deportivo. At the age of nineteen, Silva proved a mainstay of the Celta side, amassing thirty-four appearances and leading the Galician’s charge to the UEFA Cup. With Silva’s talent apparent to everyone, Valencia quite happily cart horsed their man back to Eastern Spain in a package labelled “valuable goods.”
Four years, and one-hundred-and-nineteen appearances in the crisp white shirt of Valencia, later the boy from Arguineguín is hot property. The £30 million dished out by the blue and white half of Manchester indicates his standing in world football. The man described by City manager Roberto Mancini as “one of the best midfielders in Europe” will have to produce the performances to match the hyperbole.
Guillem Balague, resident Spanish expert of just about everywhere, remained sceptical when speaking to Sky Sports News. He suggested Silva may struggle to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and the turgid rain-sodden lifestyle of us up in Manchester.
What may be more pressing is the feeling of homesickness. This is a man who, up until recently, lived with his parents and worked with his favour. The lack of familiar faces in Manchester may cause him some distress. Fortunately his national team pal Mr Fernando of Torres lives just a small hike up the road in the delightful city of Liverpool. But, with Torres, possibly, about to jump the gun for a European team with serious ambitions, poor old David may have to rely on phone calls to his dear mum and dad or conversations with the injury ridden Roque Santa Cruz to receive his daily Spanish top up.
The jury will be out on the Spanish midfielder and with Premier League pundits not accepting a good player is a good player until they can “go and do it on a cold Tuesday night in Wigan,” Silva will have to prove the doubters wrong. He has the support of his manager and a hefty cheque each week to see him through, so he should be alright!