Bernardo Silva admits he doesn’t know if he will stay at Manchester City after the transfer window closes, as he spoke out for the first time this summer about his uncertain future and a possible move to Barcelona.
Barcelona are interested in signing Bernardo, and Pep Guardiola recently stated that he does not know if the popular Portuguese playmaker will remain at City after September 1.
Guardiola, on the other hand, insisted that City want Bernardo to stay, and despite reports this week, no bid has been received or accepted.
Now, Bernardo has spoken about his delicate situation, refusing to rule out a move out of City in the coming weeks and confirming his personal stance over leaving.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I’ve always said that I’m happy here but I have no idea what’s going to happen. We’ll see, honestly. My relationship with the club is very honest. I’ve been open with them and they know what I want.
“If I stay, I’m very happy and I will always respect this club and give all my best. If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens.”
Bernardo was benched for City’s Premier League opener last weekend, and the club was forced this week to deny reports that they had agreed a fee with Barcelona for the four-time Premier League winner.
If they sell him, they will demand a large fee and a replacement before the transfer deadline.
Bernardo has been open to leaving before, but his professionalism has never wavered, and he has stated that it will not change if he stays this season.
“It’s a big club and they don’t want players who are not happy at the club,” he added, giving an insight into the club’s communication to players who may want to leave.
“They always say to all of us that if you’re not happy, you can go. Of course, they are in business and they want the right amount of money for letting us go but personally it’s a relationship with the club that is very respectful.
“They have always been honest with me and I have always been honest with them. As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff, with my teammates so whatever happens, happens and it for sure will happen in a very respectful way.”