Manchester City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain has hailed Bernardo Silva following him signing a new contract yesterday.

The Portugal international penned fresh terms at the Etihad, after some intense transfer speculation.

It was felt for weeks that Bernardo would leave the Etihad.

That is something he has wanted for some time, but he has always been willing to given his absolute all for the club while he is here.

Barcelona and PSG were particularly keen this summer.

But City were absolutely determined to keep him, and have now successful tied him down to a new deal.

And yesterday, Txiki piled praise on the star…

Txiki Begiristain hails Man City star Bernardo Silva as ‘exceptional’

City published a number of articles yesterday after the huge development involving Bernardo.

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In the main article, City published quotes from Txiki about the 29-year-old.

The sporting director said ( “Bernardo has been exceptional during his time at the Etihad, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract extension with the Club.

“His quality and technical ability is fantastic – and alongside his hard work and professionalism, he has become one of the best players in the world.

“Bernardo was so important in our Treble-winning season and we are sure he can help deliver even more trophies in the next few years.”

City’s piece also features previously quotes from Pep Guardiola, who called Bernardo ‘something special as a football player’.

Bernardo contract extension one of the highlights of City’s summer transfer window

This is absolutely amazing news.

Bernardo sticking around is as big as the club signing quality players like Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol, if not bigger.

Bernardo is one of the best footballers in the world.

It looked like he would be leaving at one point.

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So for him to now be sticking around at the Etihad is brilliant news for the club.

There have been some suggestions that he has a very meetable release clause in his new deal.

But it’s a boost for City even if Bernardo stays for just one more season, because the club simply couldn’t lose him this summer.

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