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"It will happen in a very respectful way” - Bernardo Silva refuses to rule out summer transfer amid Barcelona interest

Harry Winters

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"It will happen in a very respectful way” - Bernardo Silva refuses to rule out summer transfer amid Barcelona interest

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Bernardo Silva has refused to deny reports linking him with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The 28 year-old, who joined Manchester City from Monaco in 2017, has been continuously linked with a possible move away from the Premier League Champions, despite being contracted at the club until 2025.

Silva has won 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles since moving to the Etihad Stadium, playing a key role in the Sky Blues' recent success under Pep Guardiola.

The Portugal international made 50 appearances for City last season, helping the Cityzens to retaining their Premier League crown.

Silva also scored 13 goals during the 2021/22 campaign, notably in the UEFA Champions League against both Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid.

Bernardo Silva celebrates Manchester City's Premier League trophy success.
Bernardo Silva celebrates Manchester City's Premier League trophy success.

Despite prolonged success in East Manchester, the 28 year-old remains a top target for La Liga giants Barcelona, in spite of the Catalan club's financial woes.

On Monday, Manchester City were quick to deny reports from Spain that the two sides had agreed a fee for the 28 year-old.

Jack Gaughan reported that the Premier League Champions do not want to sell the Portuguese midfielder, with a 'major' offer and replacement needed if the Blues were to sanction a sale.

Bernardo Silva was a named substitute for the Blues' opening weekend win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Erling Haaland after scoring Man City's second goal
Erling Haaland after scoring Man City's second goal

However in a recent interview, the City star has refused to rule out a move away from the club this summer, despite just a matter of weeks remaining in the transfer window.

Speaking in an interview with ESPN, the 28 year-old said: "I've always said that I'm happy here but I have no idea what's going to happen.

"We'll see, honestly. My relationship with the club is very honest. I've been open with them and they know what I want. If I stay, I'm very happy and I will always respect this club and give all my best.

"If not, it's football and we'll just see what happens."

City have seen a number of players move to the Nou Camp in the past 18 months, with Ferran Torres completing a €55 million transfer in January.

Barcelona will be unable to register Ferran Torres unless they reduce their wage bill (Image: Alamy)
Barcelona will be unable to register Ferran Torres unless they reduce their wage bill (Image: Alamy)

Discussing the possibility of a transfer this summer, Bernardo Silva said: "It's a big club and they don't want players who are not happy at the club.

"They always say to all of us that if you're not happy, you can go. Of course, they are in business and they want the right amount of money for letting us go but personally it's a relationship with the club that is very respectful.

"They have always been honest with me and I have always been honest with them.

"As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff, with my teammates so whatever happens, happens and it for sure will happen in a very respectful way."

Topics: Manchester City, Manchester City Transfer News & Rumours, Bernardo Silva, Barcelona

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