Bernardo Silva ‘wants to LEAVE Manchester City this summer 12 months after Portugal star was left crestfallen when Barcelona move fell through… but Pep Guardiola is unwilling to let midfielder depart’
- Bernardo Silva scored five goals and laid on nine assists for Man City in 2020-21
- But The Athletic claim the Portugal star wants to leave the club this summer
- He was reportedly dejected after move to Barcelona hit a late snag last summer
- Atletico Madrid have also been linked with a move for the 26-year-old star
Bernardo Silva would like to leave Manchester City this summer despite recapturing his best form for the club last season, according to reports.
The 26-year-old scored five goals and laid on nine assists as City reclaimed the Premier League title and reached the Champions League final in 2020-21.
Bernardo Silva would like to leave Manchester City this summer, according to reports
The 26-year-old scored five goals and laid on nine assists across all competitions as City reclaimed the Premier League title
The report claims Silva was left ‘crestfallen’ after a move to Barcelona hit a snag late on despite everything looking set to go through during last summer’s transfer window.
But the Portugal international’s attempts to leave could be frustrated by boss Pep Guardiola, who is keen to retain him as part of his squad ahead of the defence of their Premier League crown in 2021-22.
The Catalan boss has been impressed with the midfielder’s recent performances and application for City, which have come despite a reported desire to leave.
Atletico Madrid have also been linked with a move for the City star – who has another four years remaining on his contract after signing fresh terms in March 2019 – in a swap deal with Saul Niguez.
The Athletic claims he was crestfallen that a move to Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona broke down last summer
But City boss Pep Guardiola (right) reportedly wants to keep him at the Etihad Stadium
Silva joined City from Monaco in 2017 in a £43million deal, and has gone on to score 35 goals in 201 appearances and win three Premier Leagues and an FA Cup during his time at the club.
The Portuguese is set to be involved at Euro 2020 on Tuesday when his country begin their campaign against Hungary in Budapest.
But his City future is not the only one to be shrouded in uncertainty, with fellow attacking star Raheem Sterling set to discuss his future after playing for England at Euro 2020.
Atletico Madrid have also been linked with him in a swap deal involving Saul Niguez (above)
The England star notched his first major tournament goal on Sunday, scoring the winner in the euphoric win over Croatia at Wembley.
Sterling’s future at City is under a degree of uncertainty following a difficult season at the Etihad Stadium in which he lost his place as a first-team regular.
He has entered the final two years of his deal with the Premier League champions with City eager to clarify his long-term plans.
It is understood the club are open to offering him an extension on his current £300,000 per week wages – but if a new deal is not achievable City will have no option but to consider letting him leave the club.
Raheem Sterling is also set to discuss his City future after playing for England at Euro 2020
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