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City star Bernardo Silva ends Barca rumours: “I’m staying in Manchester”

Despite being linked with a move to Barcelona for most of the transfer window, Bernardo Silva says he is staying at Manchester City.

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Bernardo Silva has announced he will be staying in Manchester, putting an end to rumours the Manchester City midfielder would be moving to Barcelona.

Silva has been an integral part of City’s success under Pep Guardiola since arriving from Monaco in 2017. The Portugal international has won four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup in England, though has been heavily linked with Barça in the past couple of years.

Despite seeming to indicate he would like to play for the LaLiga giants one day, Silva has confirmed he will not be making the move in this transfer window, which closes on Thursday. After grabbing an assist in Wednesday’s 6-0 thrashing by City of Nottingham Forest in the Premier League, the 28-year-old committed to his team, telling Spanish outlet RAC1: “I’m staying in Manchester, here. I’m happy and the decision has been made.”

Silva has scored two goals in five league appearances so far this season for City, with three starts. His goal in the 4-2 comeback win against Crystal Palace on Saturday was his 100th goal involvement for the club, with an even split of 50 goals and 50 assists, which became 101 on Wednesday in his 257th appearance with his assist for João Cancelo.


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