Monday, January 30, 2023

Pep Guardiola opens the door for Bernardo Silva to join Barcelona

Pep Guardiola opens the door for Bernardo Silva to join Barcelona

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has stated that he will not stand in the way of Bernardo Silva joining Barcelona this summer.

Throughout the summer, the Spanish giants have been heavily linked with the Portuguese playmaker, but financial constraints have prevented them from making an offer to the Premier League champions.

Silva has three years left on his current contract in Manchester, and a move for the four-time Premier League winner would be contingent on Pep Guardiola receiving a suitable fee of around £80 million for the 28-year-old.

Silva played in the 3-3 draw between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.

Guardiola was asked about his midfielder’s future in his post-match press conference, and he revealed Silva is interested in a move to the LaLiga giants.

“He is our player. We want him to be with us because he is very important,” Guardiola told the media.

“Having said that, I don’t want anyone to be unhappy. But I don’t want him to leave because he is a superlative player.

“As a player and as a person, he is one of the best I have ever had. In any competition he is the best player.

“If an offer arrives there are seven days left and if Bernardo leaves we would have to go to the market and not it’s easy.

“Having said that, Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”

Catalan giants manager Xavi was also asked if Barcelona is still interested in bringing the Portugal international to Spain.

“Who doesn’t like Bernardo Silva? Or Haaland or De Bruyne?’ Xavi said.

“Silva has great decision-making ability, he protects the ball very well, he’s very good. It depends on City. But now there’s no news.”

Guardiola’s post-match comments clearly contrast with those of City CEO Ferran Soriano, who has previously stated that Silva will not be leaving the club before the transfer window closes.

Soriano told Spanish outlet Que T’hi Jugues: “It’s a little late [in the transfer window] to talk about ins and outs.

“This story has taken many turns and in the end it has never moved from its starting point.”

Silva has appeared in 253 games for City in all competitions, scoring 48 goals and assisting 50 more, quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola opens the door for Bernardo Silva to join Barcelona

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