The future of the star remains uncertain, with the Spanish giants hinting at a deal before the window closes.
Pep Guardiola has expressed doubts about Bernardo Silva’s future, despite Barcelona’s interest in the Manchester City midfielder. Silva was a key player in Manchester City’s four titles in the last five years, but he wanted to leave at the start of the previous season.
Despite the club’s financial difficulties, the Spanish giants have indicated an interest in Bernardo, but they may have to sell midfielder Frenkie De Jong to make room for him.
Guardiola says he wants him to stay but will let him go if the move is good for the team.
What did Guardiola have to say?
The City manager has already sold senior players Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling this summer, and he says he wants happy players in his squad.
“Sometimes you have to sell,” he said at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham. “For the players’ desire, I need happy people here; we try to do it together.”
“I’d like Bernardo to stay here because he’s a very special player in the locker room, but I’m not sure what will happen.”
“Whatever happens will happen; if he stays, it will be perfect; if he has to leave, it will be because football is like this.”
“Players have desires, and I’m not the type of person to put a stop to someone’s desire in life.” Football careers are so brief. I’m a minor member of the club; I have to speak to the club; they make the decision, and I say okay.”
Will Bernardo remain at Manchester City?
Barcelona’s interest will be determined by the shape and size of their squad as the window nears its end, as they will face difficulties in registering players due to Liga regulations.
When asked about Bernardo, club president Joan Laporta was coy, but she did say the club will work on deals until the August 31 deadline.
Guardiola says he speaks with the 27-year-old on a regular basis and has no doubts that he will remain committed on the field.