Pep Guardiola trying to convince Bernardo Silva to stay at Etihad amid PSG interest

Despite continued interest from PSG, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is attempting to keep Bernardo Silva with the team for the upcoming season

Ilkay Gundogan, the club captain, was already gone to Barcelona on a free transfer, and Guardiola still runs the risk of losing Bernardo Silva, who is still rumoured to be leaving the Etihad Stadium despite a possible offer of a new deal.

The 28-year-old played with Manchester City for six seasons, appearing in over 300 games and taking home 14 trophies, including the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Silva, a midfielder from Portugal, was crucial to City’s first Champions League victory, scoring twice against Real Madrid in the second leg of the semifinal at the Etihad Stadium. Despite having a contract with Manchester City until 2025, the midfielder has been frequently mentioned as a possible club leave. Barcelona and PSG both expressed a keen interest in the player last summer. Following Lionel Messi’s departure, Paris Saint-Germain have rekindled their interest in the 28-year-old. The Saudi Pro League has also made a substantial contract offer to the City player.

In less than two weeks, City is anticipated to return to the City Football Academy for preseason training, with Silva’s status appearing to be still up in the air and Guardiola reportedly pushing to keep the midfielder on the team. Le Parisian assert that negotiations between PSG and City for Bernardo Silva have “not really started” because the City manager is “blocking everything” and “doing everything” to keep the Portuguese star at the Etihad Stadium next season.

Despite Guardiola’s position, the French publication continues to state that Silva is ‘trying to pack up’ and already envisions playing for PSG in the upcoming season. Silva joined Manchester City in 2017 from AS Monaco in Ligue 1, where he had previously played. Silva has experience in the French top division. The 28-year-old is one of several senior City first-team players who have been mentioned as potential summer leave candidates, along with Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, and Kyle Walker.

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