Roberto Mancini has spoken of his plans to remain at Manchester City for "many years" as he looks to pledge his long-term future to the club.
The Manchester City manager, who succeeded Mark Hughes in December 2009, has less than two years remaining on his current contract. After guiding City to their first trophy success in 35 years by winning the FA Cup last season, he further strengthened his position by leading them into the UEFA Champions League.
With his side now top of the Premier League, having made their best league start since 1897, the Italian has also boosted his power base over his handling of Carlos Tevez's alleged refusal to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich last month.
Mancini, who revealed discussions over a new contract have not begun and are not a priority, says he wants to continue the revolution at the Etihad Stadium for a while longer yet.
He said: "After this year I have one more year and I don't have a problem with this. I haven't talked to the club but at the moment it is not important. My feeling here is good. I would like to stay here but in football every week it can change.
"If you lose two or three games, that can change all - but we are working well. I started to work here two years ago, I have worked hard to build a good team. I would like to stay here another three or four years because I think at this moment Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world."
Mancini has certainly been backed up in the transfer market, having spent millions of pounds on new signings, including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva within the last couple of years.
Silva has settled
Silva, who joined from Valencia last summer, has proved one of his most astute purchases having lit up the Premier League this season. Mancini praised the Spanish winger's increasing influence, and said: "Silva is one of the best players in Europe if not the world, he could play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
"He has improved a lot in the last two years. I saw him in the Champions League a few years ago. It was incredible. It was Valencia and Inter seven years ago and he was astonishing. You could see his potential."
Silva believes his club are on the path to emulate his all-conquering international side, who are currently the world and European champions. He said: "Spain have had a great run. We are getting there as we are up with some of the good teams, but let us see how we progress."
Speaking about his ever-improving form and increasing influence, Silva claimed he has now adapted to the culture shock of playing in a new league and a new country in his second season in England.
He added: "I am very grateful for the faith the manager showed in me from the moment I got into the side. It is so difficult changing club and changing country and changing the style of football. I am happy on the field, I am happy off the field and that is down to the manager and his staff."