Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has received a significant boost as The Athletic reports on superstar midfielder Bernardo Silva.
The Premier League champions, having geared up for what will be a very interesting season, sold previous long-serving first teamers Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko with club legend Fernandinho also leaving on a free transfer.
A real summer of change has taken place with star striker Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez, Stefan Ortega and Sergio Gomez coming in to replace the aforementioned quartet.
Bernardo, a star player who could have left a huge void in the squad, has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, with the midfielder himself refusing to rule it out.
According to The Athletic’s Oliver Kay, it appears Guardiola has been given a major boost with news on his key player.
Despite his Barcelona connections, the Portugal international is expected to commit his future to Eastlands for at least another year.
Kay elaborated (via Twitter):
“Very good news for Manchester City: Bernardo Silva is now focused on staying. His head was turned by interest from Barcelona, but, just like last summer, he’s now happy to stay and focus fully on the season ahead at MCFC.”
Bernardo was a key player for City last season, helping the Sky Blues retain their Premier League title.
According to WhoScored, the 28-year-old was one of Guardiola’s best players in 2021/2022, finishing as the club’s fifth-best performer by average match rating.
The former AS Monaco star was also a vital member of the City squad, having played more league minutes than everyone except Ederson, Joao Cancelo, and Rodri.
Racking up eight goals and four assists to boot, having Bernardo for another season will be huge.