Pep Guardiola reveals decision on Bernardo Silva with midfielder keen on joining Barcelona

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Bernardo Silva will remain a Manchester City player next season amid reported interest from Barcelona.

Guardiola also admitted he does not feel comfortable keeping unhappy players.

Silva made 50 appearances and scored 13 goals in all competitions last season, as Manchester City clinched a fourth Premier League title in five years.

However, the midfielder is attracting interest from Barcelona and has reportedly informed Manchester City of his desire to join Barcelona.

Guardiola addressed Silva’s future during the announcement of Manchester City’s charity friendly with Barcelona in August.

The match, which is planned to take place at the Nou Camp on August 24, is designed to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

It is in honour of former Barcelona goalkeeper and assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2020.

“As of today, in my opinion, I think Bernardo Silva will continue with Man City next season,” Guardiola said.

“Our goal, as a club, is for him to stay with us. This is our intention, although I don’t like to keep players at Man City that are unhappy.”

This is the second successive summer that Barcelona are making a move to sign Silva from Manchester City.

According to The Mirror, Manchester City will demand in excess of £80million should Barcelona make their interest in Silva formal.

Barcelona want to sell Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United and replace the Dutch midfielder with Silva.

Manchester City are in a strong position to decide Silva’s future as the Portuguese international has three years left on his Manchester City contract.

Speaking about his future recently, Bernardo told O Jogo: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to answer, because I’m at the service of the national team and super focused on the game that remains.

“When the season ends, we’ll see what happens.”