Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ amid transfer speculation | Football news
Pep Guardiola says he is keen to keep Manchester City player Bernardo Silva but admits the player ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ amid transfer reports linking the Portuguese with a move to the club Catalan.
Silva played 65 minutes of City’s friendly against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday night and then Guardiola spoke about the midfielder’s future.
Guardiola insists he wants to keep the 28-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles at Man City, and insists that there is no offer from Barcelona for the player, despite reports suggesting the team Spain is interested in him for more than two summers.
However, he accepts Bernardo has feelings for Guardiola’s former team.
“I’m not telling Barca to forget about (signing) Bernardo,” Guardiola told reporters after the friendly ended 3-3.
“We want him to stay with us, but I don’t want anyone unhappy. The first thing is that the clubs have to come to an agreement, but there has been no offer for him in two years. past year.
“I don’t want him to leave, he’s a top player and a great man… and there’s only seven or eight days left (in deadline) and we’ll have to turn to the transfer market. . I want him to stay. That shows, it’s true that Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”
Barcelona manager Xavi, who sat next to Guardiola during the press conference, said any move would “depend on Man City”.
City helps Barca raise funds for ALS research
There were 91,062 fans at the Camp Nou for the midweek game, held to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at the Luzón Foundation, with the support of the former Barcelona goalkeeper and coach member Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative neurological condition in 2020.
In the match, Julian Alvarez opened the scoring before goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong – two exciting Premier League club players – put Barcelona ahead.
Man City youngster Cole Palmer leveled the game and after Memphis Depay – who has been linked with a return to Manchester United – scored a third for Barcelona, Riyad Mahrez secured the equalizer in injury time. hours.
“I would like to thank Barcelona and Manchester City for their commitment and sensitivity to our goals,” said Unzue. “I also want to thank everyone who bought tickets and everyone who donated through the zero row initiative. I want you to know that everyone on the ALS team – here on the field. with me – both want to keep living and enjoying life.”
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