Manchester City’s official website has confirmed that the player will be joining the club from July 1st. Silva flew to the city of Manchester to complete his medical and seal the deal with his signature. According to several reports, the deal is understood to be of £43 million, with a contract signed for 5 years.
City Manager Pep Guardiola has been a fan of the player for a long time now, but was particularly attracted by the midfielder’s quality when he came to play against Manchester City at the Etihad for the Champions League Round of 16.
Ever since his younger days at Benfica B, Bernardo Silva had caught eyes from the big guns. He was selected among the top 10 best talents by UEFA in the U-19 European Championship, where he helped Portugal reach the semi-finals.
The 22-year-old was loaned out to Monaco in 2014, where he just played three games, which were enough to strike a permanent deal with the French club just 6 months into his loan period.
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Talking about Manchester City and manager Pep Guardiola, Silva said: “It feels great. To be honest I’m now at one of the best teams in the world. To be part of this club and to have this opportunity is great. I’m very happy to be part of Manchester City’s team and I look forward to trying to do my best to help the team reach their goals.
“If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best. Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola, you don’t say no. As we all know, what he did in Barcelona and Bayern Munich was amazing and we expect also here that he will win titles. It’s great to be working with him and to have this opportunity.”
The playmaker is widely known for his agility and finishing, and would fit right into the Spaniard’s new Manchester City team which is focused on bringing the youngest talents into the club. The influx of younger players makes it easier for the Catalan to mold the players into the dream team he envisions of from the Blue side of Manchester.
While the Portuguese international is particularly known for his central midfield position, he can also adapt to either of the wings, as long as he is allowed to play his attacking style of football.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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