Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City midfielder to stay but isn’t sure he will |  Soccer News

Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City midfielder to stay but isn’t sure he will | Soccer News

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

Portugal international Silva played a vital 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 and Guardiola admits he is in the dark over Silva’s future at the club following the departures of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko away from the Etihad Stadium.

“I was comfortable working with Oleks [Zinchenko]Gabriel [Jesus] and Rahim [Sterling] for three incredible years, [they were] incredible characters who have helped us succeed,” said the City boss.

“But, in the end, sometimes the club, sometimes the player, sometimes the agent, many reasons, sometimes we have to split our way.

“I have said several times that the player’s desire is the most important thing; I want people to be happy here trying to do it together. Of course I would like Bernardo to continue here, he is a special player in the dressing room for me, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. Honestly, I don’t know.

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

“What will happen will happen and if he stays it’s perfect, and if he has to leave it’s because football is like that, the clubs have an agreement, the player has desires, and I don’t am not the person to stop the envy of people.

“When you’re a footballer it’s short, you don’t realize it, it’s over straight 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 OK.”

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

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

“He’s an important player for me, Bernardo is special. I don’t know what’s going to happen. As far as Manchester City know, we haven’t had any offers, last season either, that’s what I can say. Bernardo is ready, he is training very well, he is ready for Sunday and that’s it.”

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City open their title defense at West Ham on Super Sunday – live on Sky Sports Premier League – but has yet to replace left-back Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in the summer.

Chelsea appear set to beat the champions on the signing of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, and Guardiola was unable to provide an update on City’s pursuit of alternative defensive targets.

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

“There are a lot of players all over the world and a lot of them can fit perfectly into 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 may be possible, it may not be possible.”

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Super Silva

Sky Sports’ Adam Smith:

Guardiola summed up his appreciation for Silva at the end of last year: “He’s the best. He has a special ability to do whatever he wants with the ball.”

The Portuguese enjoyed a purple smudge in front of goal then, but the 27-year-old offers much more than attacking ability – but let’s start there.

Silva ranked second at City in goals from open play, creating chances, completing passes in the final third and attempting dribbles in the Premier League last season.

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His shooting card below reveals an ability to find space and finish from prime locations just outside the penalty area, in addition to finding the back of the net from acute angles.

Meanwhile, his chance-created card epitomizes the variety of his passing range and positional versatility.

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Silva patrols the entire attacking third, whether deployed on the left or right, but it’s his defensive action zone below that highlights defensive contributions, pure downfield coverage and work rate.

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The midfielder ran further than any other player at the club last season, covering 381km during the league campaign, which is the equivalent of nine marathons.

In fact, only six players in the entire division have gone further, and it’s worth noting that Guardiola rotates players more than most managers.

Taking all positions into account, Silva also ranked third at the club on a range of defensive measures: tackles, winning duels and regaining possession in the central third. In short, Silva excels in every aspect of the game.

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Man City in profit

The star additions paint a skewed picture: the acquisitions of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips would suggest another blockbuster transfer window at City.

However, the club have offloaded Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and a host of youngsters for a fee, resulting in a net profit of £61.7m so far.

The figures suggest a sea change in approach and City’s ability to profit from assets, with this window set to become their second in a row to end in a profit – having matched or splashed more than they salvaged in 10 of their previous 11 windows.

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