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Pep Guardiola hoping Barcelona target Bernardo Silva will stay but won't stand in his way

Pep Guardiola admits Bernardo Silva could leave for Barcelona as he reveals he won’t stand in the way of the midfielder’s move to the Nou Camp… but Manchester City boss wants to keep the Portuguese

  • Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks
  • Pep Guardiola convinced the attacking midfielder to stay last summer
  • He insists he wants him to stay but understands if he wants to leave

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Pep Guardiola insists he wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City but also admits he won’t stand in the way of the attacking midfielder if he were to leave.

Silva has been one of Guardiola’s star players since joining the club in 2017, but has been linked with Barcelona in recent weeks.

Xavi is said to be a big fan of the Portuguese, who contemplated leaving Etihad last summer until Guardiola convinced him otherwise.

Pep Guardiola insists he wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola insists he wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Guardiola rejected suggestions that he had said Silva was leaving.

“I didn’t say he was leaving,” the City boss said. “The answer was the same as last season. You ask me every week, I always say I want the best for the players.

“I want Bernardo to stay. 100 percent. But if you want to leave, make an offer, clubs come to an agreement. Common sense.

Silva has been one of City's star performers since joining the club five years ago

Silva has been one of City's star performers since joining the club five years ago

Silva has been one of City’s star performers since joining the club five years ago

“He’s an important player, especially, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. We didn’t get an offer, not even last season. Bernardo is ready, training well for Sunday.

‘I talk a lot with Bernardo, all of them, maybe because I’m getting old and we know each other well. I am more relaxed as a manager with them, I know them.

‘Their feelings, the good and bad moments. But not about this situation, if I have to tell him something, I tell him, but we don’t doubt the situation. He is happy, engaged, he has a beautiful dog. He is happy here, what will happen will happen.”


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