Bernardo Silva breaks silence over Man City future as playmaker leaves door open to £80million Barcelona transfer


MANCHESTER CITY’S Bernardo Silva admits his future at the club is uncertain amid interest from Barcelona.

The Portugal midfielder, 28, was one of City’s standout players last season as they marched to a fourth Prem title in five seasons.

But he has been consistently linked with a move away from the Etihad since last summer, when City splashed out a British-record £100million on Jack Grealish.

City initially shot down reports that they have agreed an £80m deal with Barca for Silva.

Yet the player himself, who is under contract until 2025, was not so fast to pour cold water on the idea.

Bernardo Silva told ESPN: “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.”

Silva started on the bench in City’s 2-0 win against West Ham on the opening weekend, with Erling Haaland bagging a double.

Barcelona are in dire straits financially and cannot even register all the players they have already signed this summer until they get others off the wage bill.

However with the sale of Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea on the horizon, they are already eyeing up fresh talent.

And Bernardo Silva was certainly not sounding like a man who is convinced he will be at City for the long haul.

The star added: “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, 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 team-mates.

” So whatever happens, happens and it for sure will happen in a very respectful way.”

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