Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola wants the Manchester City midfielder to stay but not sure he will | Football news

Pep Guardiola insists he wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City but admits the decision is beyond his control due to Barcelona’s interest.

Portugal international Silva played an integral role in City’s Premier League title defense last season, despite being linked with a move to Camp Nou last summer.

Speculation has resurfaced this summer with Guardiola admitting he is in the dark about Silva potentially leaving Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko at the Etihad Stadium.

“I felt comfortable with Oleks [Zinchenko]Gabriel [Jesus] and Raheem [Sterling] over three incredible years, with incredible characters who helped us,” said the City boss.

“But in the end, sometimes the club, sometimes the player, sometimes the agent, many reasons, sometimes you have to divide our path.

“I have often said that the player’s wish is the most important; I want people to be happy here and try to do it together. Of course I would like to see Bernardo continue here, he is a special player in the dressing room for me , but I don’t know what’s going to happen Frankly, I don’t know.

Bernardo Silva celebrates (right) scoring his sides this goal
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Bernardo scored 13 goals in 50 appearances for Manchester City last season

“What’s going to happen will happen and if he stays it’s perfect, and if he has to leave it’s because football is the way it is. The clubs have an agreement, the player has desires and I am not the person to fulfill the people.

“When you’re a footballer it’s short, you don’t realize it, it’s over right away. I don’t want to stop a player’s desire, but at the same time I’m only a small part of the club. “You have to talk to the club , I’ve never been involved in that and what the club decides for me is okay.”

Guardiola confirmed his stance on Silva’s future when he pressed his uncertain response, adding: “I want the best for the players, but I want Bernardo to stay 100 per cent, I want him to stay here.

“But at the same time, if you want to leave and have an offer and the clubs have an agreement, common sense is what I said, it’s nothing special, this is the reality.

“He is an important player for me, Bernardo is special. I don’t know what will happen. As far as Manchester City know, we didn’t get an offer last season either, this is what I can say.” is ready, he is training very well, he is ready for Sunday and that’s all.”

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City open their title defense away from West Ham on Super Sunday – live on Sky Sports Premier League – but have yet to find a replacement for left-back Zinchenko, who came to Arsenal this summer.

Chelsea appear to be beating the champions with the signing of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, and Guardiola was unable to provide an update on City’s pursuit of alternative defensive goals.

“Nothing special,” he added. “It’s the same. We’ll see. We still have many days until the end of the month. We’ll see.

“There are a lot of players around the world and a lot of them can fit perfectly with the way we are as a team, but at the same time transfers are always difficult.

“Selling is more difficult than buying at the same time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s possible, it’s not possible.”

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