City’s Bernado Silva fuels Barcelona transfer rumours

Bernado Silva

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– Bernardo Silva admits he doesn’t know if he will still be at Manchester City beyond the transfer window, as he opened up on his uncertain future and a potential move to Barcelona for the first time this summer.

– Barcelona want to sign Bernardo, and Pep Guardiola last week said he doesn’t know if the popular Portuguese playmaker will stay at City after September 1. However, Guardiola insisted City want Bernardo to stay, and despite reports this week, no bid has been received or accepted.

– Now, Bernardo has spoken about his delicate situation, refusing to rule out a move out of City in the coming weeks and confirming his personal stance over leaving.

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– Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I’ve always said that I’m happy here but I have no idea what’s going to happen. We’ll see, honestly. My relationship with the club is very honest. I’ve been open with them and they know what I want.

– “If I stay, I’m very happy and I will always respect this club and give all my best. If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens.”

– Bernardo was dropped to the bench for City’s Premier League opener at the weekend, and City were forced to deny reports this week that they had agreed a fee with Barcelona for the four-time Premier League winner. If they sell him, they will require a substantial fee and would also want a replacement before the transfer deadline.

– This isn’t the first time Bernardo has been open to leaving, but his professionalism has never dropped, and he said that will not change if he ends up staying this season.

– “It’s a big club and they don’t want players who are not happy at the club,” he added, giving an insight into the club’s communication to players who may want to leave.

– “They always say to all of us that if you’re not happy, you can go. Of course, they are in business and they want the right amount of money for letting us go but personally it’s a relationship with the club that is very respectful.

– “They have always been honest with me and I have always been honest with them. As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff, with my teammates so whatever happens, happens and it for sure will happen in a very respectful way.”