It has been reported that Manchester City attacker Bernardo Silva could have a release clause in his new contract.

This comes from journalist Sam Lee on Twitter, after it was claimed on Wednesday that the £43 million (BBC Sport) man was set to extend his deal until 2026.

But there may be a twist in the tale as Bernardo Silva could well have a release clause in his new contract.

Sam Lee: Bernardo Silva could have a release clause as part of new contract

Branded as ‘unique’ by Pep Guardiola (via Manchester City’s official website), the 29-year-old seemed destined to leave the Sky Blues once again this summer.

But eventually, the Portuguese international looked like he was ready to commit his long-term future by penning a brand-new deal.

However, when Sam Lee was quizzed about whether a release clause could be inserted in the contract that Bernardo Silva could sign, he replied saying, “All I can say is probably.”

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It is likely that this revelation could divide opinion amongst the club’s fanbase.

Bernardo Silva may have devised a logical exit plan

Considering Silva has also been heavily speculated with leaving Manchester City, perhaps the inclusion of a release clause in his rumoured new contract would make an exit next summer a lot easier to execute for him.

At the end of the day, it seems that every club that is interested in signing the treble-winner fail to do so, either due to City’s asking price or their own financial problems.

For instance, it was reported in June that Manchester City would use Declan Rice’s fee ‘as a gauge’ to sell Bernardo Silva for a similar fee, making it impossible for suitors to sign him.

As a result, while the soon-to-be confirmation of the contract may seem like exciting news for City fans, it may well actually make it a lot likelier that the versatile midfielder departs the club ahead of next season.

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