Courted by FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Bernardo Silva should finally stay Manchester City this summer. Given the recent performances of the Portuguese attacking midfielder, Pep Guardiola would do well to hang on until the end to retain him.
Bernardo Silva has gone over the gas with Manchester City.
Bernardo Silva (28) almost left Manchester City. Twice. Last summer, the Portuguese attacking midfielder was close to leaving as Atletico Madrid expressed interest. In recent days, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been forcing it, offering up to 70 million euros to recover it.
Offers that did not hit the mark when the main interested party asked for an exit voucher. In view of his recent performances, the English club should, and would do well, to resist until the end to keep him in the workforce.
The symbol of a mentally strong City
After starting the first two Premier League games against West Ham (0-2) and Bournemouth (4-0) on the bench, the former Monaco player has returned to midfield. And it is an understatement to say if his influence was quickly felt. Certainly, the double champion of England seems much more stable and balanced with the presence of Ilkay Gndogan in the trio in the middle. But with the Lusitano, it’s the guarantee of having a player capable of changing the face of a game at any time.
Against Newcastle (3-3), last week, Silva made notable differences by first delivering a decisive pass to his German entry then equalizing shortly after the hour mark. Face Crystal Palace (4-2) , on Saturday, it was once again he who sowed revolt by reducing the gap to the score after a small personal exploit then setting fire to the London defense, the image of his big chance after an incredible rush, or more of his breakthrough that led to third goal signed Erling Hland.
A single profile
Tireless, the playmaker is the real Swiss army knife of Pep Guardiola. Able to evolve in all positions in the midfield, since we have even seen him play as a defensive midfielder with Rodri against the Magpies, he can change roles at any time to be much more attacking. With the very sluggish start of Riyad Mahrez, Silva did not hesitate for a single second to replace the Algerian winger in front of the Eagles, who never managed to slow him down once launched. An almost unreadable game which makes the Catalan manager happy.
Beyond his impact on the field, both defensively and offensively, it is his reliability that must push the former FC Barcelona coach to keep him in his squad. In five exercises, the 2017 French champion has played 250 matches. That is an average of 50 games per season. Since his arrival, he has only missed 8 games. His most serious injury? A muscle ppin that lasted three weeks. A rare profile in world football which must push Guardiola to cover it. As long as possible would be best.
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