Bernard-oh-no – here we go again!

Bernardo Silva has been, and still is, a fabulous player for City, but this annual transfer chatter is getting wearisome.

In a recent interview, City’s No 20 sounds as if he’s bemoaning the fact that he wants to leave the Etihad, but the likes of the crooked Catalans of Barcelona can’t afford him.

He’s a great player, totally instrumental in our success under Pep Guardiola and a genuinely nice character, but he’s contracted to City until 2025.

Will it be a case of ‘Bye Bye Bernardo’ this summer?

If he wants to go to warmer climes he has to understand that City aren’t a charity and there’d be uproar if he was allowed to go the Nou Camp in a cut price deal.

We’re not here to do favours for the corrupt b@st@rds who run FC Barcelona, but neither would Pep want to keep an unhappy want-away player. 

If he is determined to leave in the summer of 2023 and someone wants to pay City’s asking price – whatever it might be £65m+ for a player who’d presumably sign a four or five year contract – then so be it.

City have offered him a bumper pay rise and new terms, but Bernardo has yet to sign a new contract and looks increasingly unlikely to do so anytime soon.

Bernardo has been integral to all of City’s successes under Pep Guardiola.

At least that’s to his credit, he hasn’t been a hypocrite and taken the money, only to agitate at a later stage.

He’s loved by the fans and City obviously want him to stay, but if he goes he has to go on the club’s terms, not simply because he wants a change of climate and surroundings.

Here’s what Bernardo is quoted as saying:

“At the end of the season, we’ll talk again to see what’s best. I’m focused on winning more titles for City. We want to win the PL again, we have never won the UCL and that is a great objective, so we want to try again.

Pep doesn’t want to lose Bernardo, but the City boss doesn’t believe in keeping unhappy players.

“I’m very focused, it makes no sense to talk about leaving in the middle of the season. I’ve been at City for almost six years, a lot of respect for the club, news keeps appearing and people know there have been talks between me and the club.

“Going to a new project at 29, I’ll only finish this contract probably at 34. If you ask me: what did you think 10 years ago? My goal was to return to Benfica at 32 at most. What do I think today? It depends on next summer.

Will Bernardo finally kiss goodbye to City in the summer transfer window?

“I don’t know how long I’ll be fine. I’m 28, 29 in the summer, and two more years on my City contract. My contract would end at 31. I won’t hide that my goal in recent years, if something good happens elsewhere, will probably be to move to a new project.

“Being very realistic: to leave City for Benfica, or another great European club for Benfica, I can’t leave with two/three years contract, Benfica don’t have the money; I have to go free. A difficult situation, but we’ll see.

“When I was about to leave City two years ago, that’d go right, [returning to Benfica] at 32. Now it won’t. If I leave, and I don’t know, a club that pays what City want won’t give me a three-year contract, they will give me five. And it’s 34 years old…”

Could Enzo Fernandez possibly figure in any transfer involving Bernardo Silva departing from City?

It all rather depends on whether or not a Spanish team or even Bernardo’s beloved Benfica want to put the money up to acquire his services.

Barca might finally sell Frenkie de Jong to United and use the fee to buy Bernardo – who knows?

If Frenkie de Jong moved to Old Trafford would it be the catalyst for Barcelona to finally land Bernardo Silva – could they afford him?

Rumour has it that Benfica’s young Argentine World Cup winner, Enzo Fernández will be moving for a huge fee in 2023. Is there a deal to be done with City involving both players?

What are the chances of Enzo Fernandez joining his Argentine World Cup winning team mate Julian Alvarez at the Etihad?

If the Argentine midfielder moves elsewhere, then Benfica can hardly plead poverty if they say they can’t afford Silva’s return to Lisbon.

By David Walker

Dedicated to a true blue City warrior, Dave Hughes – diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal cancer in 2015 but very much still here – raising thousands of pounds to help fellow cancer sufferers in Manchester.

Dave (56) set himself two targets in December – to walk 100km and raise £3,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Centre at The Christie – despite having regular chemotherapy treatment for 20 inoperable spinal tumours.

Despite the arctic like weather conditions, this incredible man covered 152km and more than doubled his fundraising target, hitting £6,602 thanks to donations from family, friends, colleagues and a fair share of fellow Blues.

I am privileged and honoured to be able to call him my friend as well as inspired by his indomitable spirit.

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  1. January 2, 2023  7:54 pm by Paul keys Reply

    Couldn't agree more David it is wearisome but sadly something the agenda ridden press thrive upon. I just wish if that's the way someone feels then either move or if you've nowt good to say, then say nowt! Smile and carry on 👍

    • January 2, 2023  8:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      It boils down to if Barcelona, Real Madrid or, at a push, Atletico have the money or if Benfica can come up with some sort of formula to bring him back home. Bernardo has been exemplary as a player and a man during his time at City - I think he's great - but this summer has to be the one for a prospective buying club to put up or shut up. Obviously the situation changes in the summer of 2024 when Bernardo would just have the one year left on his City deal.

    • January 2, 2023  9:56 pm by Alan Davies Reply

      If Bernardo wants to go as long city get the right price for him fair enough we must not
      Sell him cheaply he has been an outstanding player for city of they get the right offer then so be it I for one will be sorry to see him go on the other hand if he stays I will be delighted

  2. January 2, 2023  8:55 pm by P Lynch Reply

    Great read as always David. We all love Bernardo but if we can replace with like for quality then that's what we do. Nobody wants a player at City who doesn't want to be here.

    • January 2, 2023  9:03 pm by David Walker Reply

      Absolutely, provided it's on City's terms.

  3. January 2, 2023  10:10 pm by Wilbur Reply

    If someone said we’d lose Bernardo but gain Bellingham I would be delighted. I love Bernardo but he is not a game changer, his goal tally is poor. Would I want him to stay for his 100% style? Of course but it may be time to evolve.

    • January 3, 2023  8:57 am by David Walker Reply

      I'd be delighted if he stayed until 2025, gave of his 100% best at all times and then left on a free to return to Benfica - job done and everyone is happy. That said if he really is hellbent on a change of outlook, then he has to alter his career plans, but without City being the fall guys. Younger midfield recruits are undoubtedly on the way as the team and squad evolves. My understanding, at this stage, is that Bellingham will be one of them.

  4. January 3, 2023  12:01 pm by Tracie Wilson Reply

    Another great read - couldn't agree more 💙
    It makes me sad to think of a player who no longer wants to be on Team City but then it begs the question of whether some new blood would be the best option for all ...and if that's young blood in the shape of Bellingham then that's an exciting call... but it would need to be on City's terms. Be sad to see him go ... but onwards and upwards 💙

    • January 3, 2023  5:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      I don't think any City fans want Bernardo to leave, he's virtually indefatigable and brings so much to the team. That said if, for whatever reason, a player no longer wishes to play for the club, there's no point in keeping them, provided they leave on the club's terms if they're still under contract. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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