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Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City midfielder to stay but not sure if it will happen | Football News

Pep Guardiola has claimed he wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City, but admits the decision is out of his control amid interest from Barcelona.

Portugal international Silva played an integral part in City’s Premier League title defense last season, despite rumors of a move to Nou Camp last summer.

Speculation resurfaced this summer, with Guardiola admitting that Silva could follow Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko out the doors of the Etihad Stadium.

“It was a pleasure working with Orex. [Zinchenko]Gabriel [Jesus] and Raheem [Sterling] For three incredible years, incredible characters have helped us achieve,” said the City boss.

“But in the end, clubs, players, agents, for a variety of reasons, sometimes we have to part ways.

“I have said many times, the desire of the players is the most important thing. I want everyone here to be happy to try and do it together. Of course I want Bernardo to continue here. He A special player in the locker room, but I honestly don’t know what will happen.

Bernardo scored 13 goals in 50 appearances for Manchester City last season.

“Whatever happens next, if he stays it will be perfect. If he has to leave, it’s because football is like this. Clubs have agreements, players have desires and I have desires. Not the one who stops the “people.”

“Being a football player is short. You don’t realize it, it’s over very quickly. I don’t want to stop the desire of players, but at the same time I’m just a small part of the club.” I’ve never been involved in that and it’s OK for the club to decide for me.

Guardiola reaffirmed his stance on his uncertain reaction to Silva’s future, adding:

“But at the same time, if you want to leave and there is an offer and the club agrees, what I said is common sense, nothing special, this is the reality.

“He’s an important player for me. Bernardo is special. You never know what could happen. As far as Manchester City knows, there were no offers last season. This is what I can say. Bernardo is ready. He’s training really well and he’s ready for Sunday, that’s all.”

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City begin title defense against West Ham on Super Sunday – live stream sky sports premier league However, they have yet to replace Zinchenko at left-back, who joined Arsenal this summer.

Chelsea look poised to beat the champions with the signing of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, and Guardiola has failed to provide an update on City’s pursuit of an alternative defensive target. did.

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

“We have a lot of players around the world, and many of them fit perfectly with how we do things as a team, but at the same time, transfers are always difficult.

“Selling is harder than buying at the same time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you can, sometimes you can’t.”

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