Pep Guardiola confirms Bernardo Silva remains ‘definitely’ at Manchester City and says they have had ‘no calls’ about the winger as he prepares for a ‘tough’ game against Crystal Palace
- Bernardo Silva has been chased by Barcelona and PSG in recent months
- Pep Guardiola said the winger will stay with Manchester City for the time being
- He also praised Patrick Vieira for the ‘incredible job’ he is doing at Crystal Palace
- The manager also spoke of Palace’s ‘resilience and incredible quality’
Pep Guardiola has finally closed the door to Bernardo Silva leaving Manchester City this month.
Barcelona targeted the Portugal international this summer and he was open to a move to Camp Nou.
Living closer to home in Lisbon is something that appeals to the 28-year-old, but City have not submitted any bids for him.
Pep Guardiola made it clear that Bernardo Silva is not leaving Manchester City for the time being
The City manager said they had received ‘no calls’ about the 28-year-old winger
City value Silva, who has three years left on his contract, is north of £80 million. Paris Saint-Germain is associated with interest in him.
“Bernardo Silva is staying,” Guardiola said. ‘Absolute. We have not had a call from any club about Bernardo. That’s why he stays.’
The news will be a huge boost for supporters, who had feared Silva would leave for new pastures after a deluge of reports abroad.
City have always insisted that they will let disgruntled players leave the club if an acceptable offer comes in.
Guardiola praised the ‘incredible work’ Patrick Vieira is doing at Crystal Palace
City will take on Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Patrick Vieira’s side being the only team in the Premier League not to let the champions score last season. Palace left the Etihad last September with a 2-0 win.
“We know how good they are, they are a tough side, we are looking forward to the challenge,” added Guardiola. ‘I judge’ [Patrick] Viera as a person and the incredible work he does.
“They have resilience and an incredible amount of quality. They defend the 18-yard box really well, good set pieces, good transitions. They have weapons, experienced players in the middle.’