Bernardo Silva has been tipped to leave Manchester City for some time as it’s no secret that he’s been unhappy at the Etihad Stadium.
But while City were confident he would still perform and stay professional if forced to stay in England, Dean Smith of Eurosport says the 27-year-old is still ‘keen to leave’ because he ‘does not feel at home’ here.
Silva joined City from AS Monaco in 2017 and has gone on to make 205 appearances in all competitions, scoring 36 goals with 44 assists. The Portuguese international has been a brilliant servant for the Sky Blues but wants to retain to Europe.
The problem is that Silva has four years remaining on his contract, so City aren’t in a rush to cash in. They paid £45m for the 27-year-old and pay him £150k-per-week/£7.8m-a-year in wages, so they’ll want a lot of money for his sale.
Silva’s current market value is £63m, so that might scare off potential suitors. The Portuguese midfielder has stayed professional despite wanting out of the club, so he might be forced to remain until a rich club can provide him an escape route.