Guardiola confirms Silva exit plan

07 August 2021 17:03:47 GMTPlus11
Bernardo Silva one of a number of players who want out of City.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Bernardo Silva is one of a handful of players who is seeking a move away from The Etihad.

The Premier League champions - 10/11 to retain their title - kick off their 2021-22 season against FA Cup winners Leicester in the Community Shield at Wembley. City are 4/7 to lift the trophy for a third time in four years.

Future uncertain

It remains to be seen whether Silva will be involved in the season's curtain-raiser but the Portuguese star is keen to move to another club, according to Guardiola.

The 26-year-old, who cost City £45m from Monaco in 2017, has been a key figure in a squad packed with world-class attackers.

The playmaker made 26 league appearances last season as City lifted the title with 86 points. He also featured 13 times in the Champions League, scoring one goal, as they reached the final where they lost to Chelsea.

Not just Bernardo, there are two, three, four players who want to leave.

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And Silva, who played for Portugal at this summer's European Championship finals, came on as a substitute in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Blackpool, City's third and final friendly before the start of the season.

But Guardiola goes into the season with even more attacking options with £100m newcomer Jack Grealish added to a roster also featuring Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

Silva not alone

"Not just Bernardo, there are two, three, four players who want to leave," Guardiola told reporters when asked about Silva's situation.

"But they are our players under contract and when they bring some offers and want to leave, we are open to discuss for absolutely everything with all the players in the squad.

"But it depends on them and otherwise they continue to train and I decide if they play or don't play."

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