There has been consistent attention from the Catalan giants to the Etihad fan favorite Bernardo Silva, and there was even speculation that Silva was on the verge of joining them at Camp Nou. However, his most recent comments have greatly dispelled the suspicions around his potential departure in this transfer window.
The midfielder told Barcelona-based radio station El Barça juga a RAC1, “I’m staying in Manchester, here I’m happy and the decision has been made”. Silva started in City’s 6-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, in which teammate Erling Haaland scored his second hat-trick in as many appearances.
After five years and 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles, many predicted Silva would leave City for a new challenge. Several European powerhouses jumped into the fray in an effort to pry Silva away from Pep Guardiola’s team after seeing Silva’s potential.
Paris Saint-Germain, the French powerhouse, was also a major player in just about any potential trade for the Portugal international. The player’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025, so City won’t feel any need to sell a valuable asset at a low price.
Conversely, considering Barcelona’s well-known fragile financial conditions, the Catalan club may have been priced out of a move for Silva.
City have had a great start to the season, which would be considered remarkable by most other teams but is, in reality, just good by their standards. Five games were played, four were wins, and one was a draw against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
Over the same period, Silva has scored twice and assisted on twice. After last week’s 4-2 victory against Crystal Palace, manager Pep Guardiola couldn’t help but sing the midfielder’s praises.
“Some players may step backward, and he [Silva] makes a step forward. That’s why he is irreplaceable in many ways for us,” Guardiola admitted.
“He’s so important to us, he can play in four or five positions.” And it’s not just on the pitch, it’s off it too. In the locker room, I want him here so much.”