In-demand Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva recently sat down for an interview with ESPN to shed light on his future, amid growing speculation over a potential move to FC Barcelona.
Although the Portuguese international cited his satisfaction playing for Manchester City, he left the door open for a move away from Etihad Stadium as Barça continue to eye for a sensational summer swoop.
I’ve always said that I’m happy here but I have no idea what’s going to happen,” said Silva when asked about his future.
The Man City superstar has emerged as the transfer priority for Xavi Hernandez, who views him as the missing piece of the jigsaw.
Indeed, Xavi rates Silva highly for his technical prowess and ability to create chances in the final third. The Barcelona coach believes the playmaker has what it takes to become the ideal partner for Pedri in the interior midfield position.
It seems Silva is also open to becoming a part of Xavi’s group, as he appeared coy when asked about a potential move away from Etihad.
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,” said the Portuguese international.
“If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens,” he added.
However, Bernardo Silva doubled down on the fact that he is happy to continue at Man City, adding: “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.
“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 that 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.
As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff, with my teammates, so whatever happens, happens and for sure, it will happen in a very respectful way,” he added.
Bernardo Silva has been a part of the Manchester City setup for five years now. He has been involved in almost 100 goals during his time at the club, featuring in over 250 matches.
His current deal at Etihad expires in 2025, so Barcelona may have a tough task on their hands in luring the playmaker away from the club.