David Silva's agent, Julio Llorente, confirmed to Sky Sports News on Tuesday that Manchester United made a formal approach for the player and was rebuffed, with the young midfielder thought to be certain to start the season with Valencia.

"Manchester United have made an offer for David Silva, but Valencia have turned it down and that is because of the players wishes," Llorente said. "He wants to stay in Spain. We can confirm he will be starting the season in Valencia, and if does ever make a move, it won't be to the Premier League."

It was also revealed that the player is happy in Spain as his family is settled and would therefore only consider a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, with the latter strongly linked for a big-money move for the 22-year-old. This also rules out the remote possibility that Rafa Benitez was set to raid his former club for the youngster and bring him to Liverpool.

It has not yet been revealed what the nature of United's offer was, but as Madrid's dealings are over for the summer, it will now be just Barcelona left in the running for the versatile prodigy, although Los Che remain as confident as ever they will keep the player at the club.

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