Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager, opposed the departure of Bernardo Silva to Barça in front of Joan Laporta, president of the Catalan club, this Monday during a joint press conference between the two men.
FC Barcelona and Manchester City will face off on August 24 in a friendly at Camp Nou for the benefit of the ELA association. The two clubs presented the poster, this Monday in the Catalan city and it resulted in a funny scene on the transfer window. It was in particular question of the interest of Barça for Bernardo Silva (27 years old), attacking midfielder of the Citizens. Joan Laporta, Catalan president, joked about the possibility that the Portuguese would play this meeting under the colors of Barça. But Pep Guardiola opposed it to the laughter of the assembly.
“I also don’t want to have players who don’t want to be with us,” says Guardiola
Next August 24, “we will be with Bernardo Silva and ten others,” Guardiola replied. “A lot of names have been coming out for a long time, Guardiola added moments later. I think Bernardo will continue with us, but I don’t want to have players who don’t want to be with us either. I don’t know how the market will be. .”
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For his part, Laporta kicked into touch. “I love having the best players at Barça, he replied. Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff are in charge of recruits. We can make a joke with respect for everyone but it’s not the right time to talk players.”
Bernardo Silva (27) joined Manchester City in 2017 for 50 million euros from Monaco. Under contract until 2025, he is likely to leave the club this summer according to several English media. Barca coach Xavi is a huge fan of the player but the club has limited financial room for manoeuvre.