Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, was in Barcelona ahead of the ALS charity friendly between Barça and Manchester City set on August 24, 2022. The press conference included Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, who couldn’t help but ask Guardiola about Bernardo Silva, who has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou, this summer.
“As of today, I think Bernardo will continue at Man City next season – but as I always said, I don’t like to keep players that are unhappy, ” responded Guardiola. Silva was one of Manchester City’s best players last season, looking at home in a deeper midfield role despite rumors all of last summer that he was leaving the club.
Much will depend on Frenkie de Jong’s future
The rumors haven’t stopped this season with Xavi, Barcelona’s new manager, keen to add him to the squad. Much of this will depend on Barca’s finances with the club trying to get some money for Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United. Like most transfer windows, one domino has to fall before all the other pieces fall into place and De Jong seems to be the key figure in all of this.
Guardiola might’ve been taken aback by the directness of Laporta but the two go back a long time. Laporta was the man who entrusted Guardiola with taking charge of the Barcelona first-team when Guardiola was just starting out as a manager. Guardiola achieved incredible success in his four years as a manager at Barcelona, enhancing his legacy among the Blaugrana faithful after having played for the club for most of his professional life.
Bernardo Silva remains a key player for Manchester City
Guardiola will be well aware that his statements will be noticed by Bernardo Silva. Despite question marks around Silva’s future, he has been a very reliable player for Guardiola over the years, performing at a highly level in the various roles demanded off of him. City have one of the deepest squads in Europe, which has made them less reliant on any one player since Guardiola took charge.
For Xavi, Silva could become a key senior player with many of the better players in his squad still coming of age like Ansu Fati, Pedri and Gavi. It remains to be seen what Bernardo Silva will do but Guardiola clearly seems open to either option.