Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move away from Manchester City with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain showing an interest, but Pep Guardiola has no intention of selling the 27-year-old while Silva recently reaffirmed his desire to stay.
After selling Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling this summer, City can’t afford to lose Silva too, so Paul Robinson says the Portuguese international won’t be going anyway. He believes Silva has too much ‘quality’ to be sold and would not be a problem in the dressing room if he wanted out.
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Robinson told Football Insider: “Bernardo Silva has built up a relationship with the club and the supporters. He has been one of the Premier League’s best players over a number of years now. The quality he brings on and off the field cannot be underestimated. Pep is not going to want to lose him easily.
“Silva doesn’t speak very often but when he does he speaks a lot of sense. He speaks with integrity. I think he is a player and a character who never create a problem. I cannot see him leaving Man City. There has been talk of Barcelona and PSG, but I cannot see him leaving.
“Unless the player demands to leave, I cannot see it. Pep wouldn’t want to lose him.” Silva joined City from AS Monaco in 2017 and has made 249 appearances across the board, scoring 48 goals with 50 assists. The 27-year-old had a hand in 20 goals from 50 games last season, so he’s an important player to Guardiola.
Vital Man City was critical of Pep for selling Jesus and Sterling, but letting Silva go would be unforgiveable. The Portuguese playmaker is impossible to replace without paying a premium and has three years remaining on his deal at the Etihad Stadium, so there’s no need to cash in.