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Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta has named Spaniard David Silva as the best player he has played alongside.

The playmaker put up a spectacular show as Man City cruised to victory against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The right back was impressed as Silva returned from injury to score his 50th goal for the Sky Blues. City pumped Palace five unreplied goals to confirm their intent on finishing in the top four this term.

“It’s good to see David back in the team because he makes the difference. We have players upfront with pace and they can produce so much, but they need someone in behind them who can control the game and find the last pass and David Silva is all about that,” Zabaleta said.

Zabaleta added that Silva is a player that controls games and offering the little extra to helps City beat the wall of opposing defenders. The City defender has lined up with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero in the Argentine setup yet he picked out Silva as his main man.

“When you play alongside those players you feel happy to play with them. For me, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen and we are lucky to have David at Manchester City,” Zabaleta added.

After Manchester United lost to Arsenal, it dented their hopes of leapfrogging City to get Champions League football.

Arsenal are still chasing the rest of the points this term but City and Liverpool have the advantage as the biggest Premier League sides battle for the elite European club football competition.

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