‘I want Bernardo Silva to stay, definitely’ – Manchester City manager Guardiola sends a message to Barcelona’s target

Pep Guardiola sees Bernardo Silva’s future at Manchester City, but accepts that everything could change if the player decides to move to Barcelona.

The LaLiga giants are believed to be interested in City’s Portuguese midfield star and could be preparing an offer to take him to Camp Nou.

Silva spent five fruitful years with City, winning four Premier League titles in that span, and at 27 he can reasonably be considered still in his prime.

Guardiola is aware of Barca’s speculation but says he sees Silva as a settler, pointing to his fiancee and dog as reasons for him to be happy with his life.

But after selling Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus during the off-season, it’s clear City are a club willing to make deals if the timing and terms are right.

“I was comfortable working with Oleks, Gabriel and Raheem. They were three figures with incredible characters who helped us achieve so much,” Guardiola said.

“Sometimes players have to get out of our way. Players’ wishes are the most important thing. I want happy people here, to be here and try to do this together.

“Of course I would love for Bernardo to stay here. He’s been a special player here, for the dressing room. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“If he stays, it’s perfect, and if he has to leave it’s because football is like that, and clubs have an agreement and the player has desires. [the career] it’s so short. When the club decides, it’s fine with me.

“I want Bernardo to stay, definitely. Finding players is difficult. I want Bernardo 100 percent to stay here, but at the same time if you want to leave and you have an offer and the clubs have an agreement, it’s common sense what I said.

“That is the reality. He is an important player for me, Bernardo is special, but I don’t know what will happen. Manchester City, as far as I know, have not received any offers. Bernardo is training and doing very well, ready for Sunday .”

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva

City kick off their Premier League title defense at West Ham on Sunday, with Erling Haaland expected to make his debut in the competition.

Unless there is a dramatic intervention from Barcelona, ​​Silva is also expected to perform at the London Stadium.

The City star had his best Premier League goalscoring season last season, scoring eight times in 35 games, having managed to score just twice in the previous campaign.

He and girlfriend Ines Degener Tomaz, who share a house with dog John, got engaged at the end of the campaign.

“I talk a lot with Bernardo,” Guardiola said. “But also with all of them, maybe because I’m getting old and we know each other very well.

“Now the relationship is completely different from three or four years ago. I know the feelings they have, the good times and the bad.

“I talk to them, but not especially in this situation. If he has to tell me something, he will tell me. I have no doubts about it, but we don’t talk about this situation.

“He’s our player. I know he’s happy: he’s engaged, he has a beautiful dog, so he’s happy here, I know that, and what’s going to happen is going to happen.”

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