Bernardo Silva has admitted that he wants to leave Man City, eyeing a potential return to boyhood club, Benfica in a latest interview.
For the past two summer windows, Bernardo, who joined the club for £43.6 million in 2017 (Guardian) has been linked with an exit from City to clubs such as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Forbes had previously relayed journalist Gerard Romero’s revelation that Man City had decided to sell the Portuguese midfielder to the Blaugrana in the summer.
While PSG were rumoured to be interested in the 28-year-old due to ex-Monaco chief Luis Campos’ appointment, a transfer did not come to fruition.
Bernardo Silva, much like in the summer of 2021 ended up staying at Man City and has continued to have a stellar season.
However, it seems as if the four-time Premier League champion’s heart remains set on leaving the club.
Despite City being in contention to win all four trophies at the end of the season, it seems as if the decorated midfielder still fancies a return to familiar settings.
Bernardo Silva admits desire to leave Man City for potential Benfica return in new interview
In a latest interview with Record, Bernardo Silva has openly admitted that he wishes to leave Man City, while hinting at a return to boyhood club, Benfica.
“I don’t know how long I’ll be fine. I’m 28, 29 in the summer, and [there are] two more years on my Manchester 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.”
“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.”
With Bernardo Silva making his intentions clear about wanting to leave Man City and potentially re-joining Benfica in this latest interview, the club have a tall task ahead of them of finding a successor for one of their most well-rounded players.