World's richest club Manchester City have admitted they've made a major pre-season blunder after signing Spanish winger David Silva for £24m - they thought he was David Villa.
The bloomer came to light today after City organised a Press conference to unveil their new player to the media. A shirt was printed with Villa on the back. It was then that the former Valencia player first mentioned that he wasn't Villa, but Silva.
There was a momentary silence before City manager Roberto Mancini smiled and brushed aside the embarrassment with a wave of his hand.
"It doesn't matter," he laughed, "he's Spanish just the same."
Silva, 24, had a medical on Wednesday before signing a four-year contract at City, where he hopes to earn Champions League qualification next season.
"I will be happy if at the end we are in the Champions League - or if we win a trophy, but I can honestly say that I regret not being David Villa, because that is who City wanted," he told the club's website.
Silva and Villa are two very similar players whose names are almost identical. They both look the same, are both Spanish, both like Spanish food and, incredibly, both speak Spanish! Coach Mancini said that, with all these obvious similarities, it shouldn't be a problem for Silva to play like Villa.
The last word went to Silva when he said: