Journalist Dean Jones has provided an update on the future of Manchester City player Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese playmaker, valued at £63m on Transfermarkt, has certainly made an impressive impact during his four seasons at the Etihad Stadium, racking up 35 goals and 44 assists in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s men and helping Manchester City continue their stranglehold on English football, picking up 10 trophies since he arrived in 2017.
Now, it looks as if his time at the club could be about to come to an end, with a report from The Athletic noting that he was reportedly ‘crestfallen’ when a move to Barcelona didn’t materialise last year and will ask to leave this summer.
And speaking on Touchline Talk, Jones seemed to confirm these reports, noting that Silva just isn’t happy with living in England and playing in the Premier League:
“I’m sure everybody’s seen the stories about Bernardo Silva. It’s true that Bernardo is looking to move away from the Premier League. He’s got nothing against Pep Guardiola especially or anything like that or Man City even, it’s just he hasn’t settled particularly well into the Premier League, doesn’t like certain things about the Premier League or England.
“And that’s fair enough, he’s given it a go, he’s won a league title now. So Man City, as I understand it, won’t stand in his way. Barcelona and Atletico both looking at Bernardo right now. So that’s one out the door.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments on Bernardo Silva and Manchester City…
If Jones is right that Silva hasn’t settled in England and isn’t feeling particularly happy, then you start to wonder what sort of numbers he would put up if he was, and it’s perhaps a credit to his professionalism that he has been able to play so well despite all of that.
And after what Silva has given them over the years, if they can get a decent return for him in order to fund their transfer plans – perhaps taking a run at Harry Kane and the supposed £200m asking price that Tottenham Hotspur have set – then there shouldn’t really be any bad feeling from either the club or the supporters if he wants to leave and take on the next challenge in his career.