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Manchester City's David Silva is a 'gift' - manager Manuel Pellegrini

MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini described David Silva as a "gift" to English football as he paid tribute to the Manchester City midfielder on his 30th birthday.

Silva, who joined City from Valencia in 2010, entered his fourth decade on Friday with manager Pellegrini saying he is a joy to watch.

The Spain international has helped City lift the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.

Pellegrini said in a news conference: "David demonstrates in every game how important a player he is. He is a different player, so technical and with so many key passes during the game.

"Not only for me, it is a gift to see him playing every Sunday for Manchester City. The fans always appreciate what he does in the game so I hope he will continue [doing] the same."

Silva's Spain and City teammate Jesus Navas scored his first goal since 2014 in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Everton in the Capital One Cup.

Pellegrini admitted the former Sevilla winger ought to chip in with more goals, but insisted his overall contribution makes him valuable.

"He is not a striker," he added. "I agree that maybe he can score more goals than he does in the last 60 games [when] I think he didn't score but is always so useful a player that he can do a lot of important things. If he scores more goals, [it is] better, but I think his task during the game is doing more than [just] score goals."

Teenage forward Kelechi Iheanacho could be given a rare chance when City visit Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday, especially as Wilfried Bony is injured.

And Pellegrini said the presence of the promising Nigerian in his squad explains why he is not trying to bring in another attacker.

"When we don't use young players, we have a lot of criticism," he said. "We have a good young player and he is trying to take his options. If we bring another more, we must postpone Kelechi. In the moment it is not in our mind to bring in another striker."