Bernardo Silva Commits to Manchester City Until 2026
Bernardo Silva, the maestro in the heart of Manchester City’s midfield, has once again shown his commitment to the Sky Blues. The Portuguese magician has put pen to paper, extending his tenure at the Etihad Stadium until 2026. Silva’s connection to the club just became even stronger, in spite of the enticing allure of football giants such as Barcelona and Paris St-Germain in previous transfer windows.
Silva’s Love Affair with City
Undoubtedly one of Guardiola’s most trusted lieutenants, Silva expressed his joy at continuing his adventure in Manchester:
“I’ve had six incredible years at Manchester City and I’m delighted to extend my time here. Winning the Treble last season was extremely special and it’s exciting to be part of a squad where there is such a hunger and passion. Success makes you want even more, and this club gives me that opportunity to keep on winning. I love the manager, my team-mates and the fans and hope we can share even more great memories in the coming years.”
The City Exodus
While Silva remains a constant presence at the Etihad, City have recently said their farewells to some key figures. The revered Ilkay Gundogan set his sights on Barcelona, Riyad Mahrez embarked on a new journey with Al-Ahli, and hints about Aymeric Laporte’s departure are rife as he seemingly prepares for life in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr.
But as always, Guardiola has an eye for the future. The acquisition of Croatia’s midfield dynamo, Mateo Kovacic, from Chelsea is a testament to this, as is the £55.4m deal secured for Rennes’ prodigious winger, Jeremy Doku.
Silva: The ‘Irreplaceable’ Gem
Ever since Silva’s arrival in May 2017, he has played a pivotal role in all five of Manchester City’s Premier League triumphs. Last season, his tally stood at seven goals and eight assists from 55 appearances – an instrumental contributor in City’s monumental Treble win. Guardiola has even labelled Silva as “irreplaceable”, quashing whispers of a potential move to Barcelona.
With Kevin de Bruyne temporarily out of action due to hamstring surgery, Silva’s continued presence provides some solace to Guardiola.
Bernardo’s Bright Future
Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, shared his sentiments on the Portuguese talisman:
“Bernardo has been exceptional during his time at the Etihad, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract extension. 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.”
The coming years at the Etihad are bound to be electric, with the promise of more silverware. And with Silva’s unwavering allegiance to Manchester City, it seems the sky’s the limit.