Pep Guardiola not willing to keep unhappy players amid Bernardo Silva exit links

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League
Bernardo Silva of Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions this summer.

Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he wishes to keep the Portuguese international at the club beyond this summer, but he is unwilling to hold on to unhappy players.

“As of today, in my opinion, I think Bernardo Silva will continue with Manchester City next season. Our goal, as a club, is for him to stay with us,” said Guardiola. “This is our intention, although I don’t like to keep players at City that are unhappy.”

Apparently, Silva is looking for a new challenge, and he has been linked with an exit.

The former Monaco midfielder has been an exceptional servant for Manchester City since joining the club, and he is undoubtedly one of the best players at the club.

Whoever ends up signing the Portuguese international will have an exceptional player. Apart from being an excellent player, the Manchester City midfielder also has outstanding fitness, and has the versatility to play across multiple positions in the attack and midfield.

Losing a player of his calibre will be a major blow for Manchester City, and it remains to be seen whether they can bring in a quality replacement.

The Premier League champions have improved their attack significantly with the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

However, they are set to lose some depth and quality in the midfield if Silva decides to move on.

Manchester City have been linked with the likes of Kalvin Phillips in recent weeks, but they need to bring a more like-for-like replacement for Silva as well.

Phillips would be the ideal long-term replacement for Manchester City legend Fernandinho instead.

Meanwhile, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have been linked with a move away from Manchester City as well.