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Guardiola admits that Bernardo might still join Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola has expressed doubts about Bernardo Silva’s future, despite Barcelona interest in the Manchester City midfielder.

Guardiola admits that Bernardo might still join Barcelona

Guardiola admits that Bernardo might still join Barcelona

Silva was a key player in Manchester City’s four titles in the last five years, although he wanted to leave before the start of the previous season.

Despite the financial problems at Camp Nou, the Spanish giants have indicated they are interested in Bernardo but may have to sell midfielder Frenkie De Jong to free up space and money before a deal can be completed.

Guardiola insists he wants him to stay but will let him leave if the move is right for the Portuguese player.

The City boss has already sold senior players Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling in the summer and says he wants players that are happy in his squad.

“Sometimes you have to sell,” he told his news conference ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday. “For the desire for the players, I need people happy here, we try to do it together.

“I would love for Bernardo to continue here, a very special player in the locker room, but I don’t know what will happen.

“What happens will happen, if he stays is perfect, if he has to leave it’s because football is like this.


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“Players have desire and I’m not a person to stop a person desire in life. Football career is so short. I’m a small part of the club, I have to speak to the club, they decide and I say okay.”

Barca’s interest will depend on the shape and size of their squad going into the final days of the window as they also face the difficulty of registering players due to Liga regulations.

The club president Joan Laporta was coy on interest in Bernardo when asked but says the club will work on deals right up until the August 31 deadline day.

Guardiola says he talks regularly with the 27-year-old and there remains no doubts that he will remain committed on the pitch.

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