Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder ‘loves Barcelona very much’ amid transfer speculation |  Soccer News

Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder ‘loves Barcelona very much’ amid transfer speculation | Soccer News

Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder ‘loves Barcelona very much’ amid transfer speculation |  Soccer News

Pep Guardiola says he is keen to retain Manchester City ace Bernardo Silva but conceded the player ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ amid transfer reports linking the Portuguese with a move to the Catalan club.

Silva played 65 minutes of a friendly between City and Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, after which Guardiola spoke about the midfielder’s future.

Guardiola insisted he was keen to keep the 28-year-old, who won four Premier League titles at City, and stressed that no offer had been made by Barcelona for the player, despite reports highlighting the Spanish team’s interest in him over the years. the last two summers.

However, he admitted that Bernardo had an affection for Guardiola’s former team.

“I’m no one to tell Barca to forget (sign) Bernardo,” Guardiola told reporters after the friendly ended 3-3.

“We want him to stay with us, but I don’t want anyone who is unhappy. The first thing would be for the clubs to reach an agreement, but there have been no offers for him for the past two years. .

Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, is challenged by Manchester City's Bernardo Silva during a charity friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Wednesday August 24th.  2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
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City’s Bernardo Silva takes on Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“I don’t want him to go, he’s a superlative player and a great person… and there are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we should look to the transfer market. I want That said, it’s true that Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”

Barcelona manager Xavi, who sat next to Guardiola at the press conference, said any decision would “be up to City”.

City help Barca raise funds for ALS research

Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez, right, Manchester City great head coach Pep Guardiola before a charity friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on Wednesday 24 august.  , 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
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Man City head coach Pep Guardiola and Barcelona boss Xavi before kick-off

There were 91,062 fans at Camp Nou for the midweek match, which was organized to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at the Luzón Foundation, in support of the former goalkeeper and Barcelona coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the incurable degenerative disease. neurological condition in 2020.

In the game, Julian Alvarez opened the scoring before goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong – two interesting players from Premier League clubs – gave Barcelona the lead.

Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong, left, is challenged by Manchester City's Julian Alvarez during a charity friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Wednesday August 24, 2022 (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
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Barca’s Frenkie de Jong rivals Man City’s Julian Alvarez

City youngster Cole Palmer equalized the game and after Memphis Depay – who has been linked with a return to Manchester United – scored a third goal for Barcelona, ​​Riyad Mahrez equalized in injury time.

“I would like to thank Barcelona and Manchester City for their commitment and sensitivity to our cause,” Unzue said. “I also want to thank everyone who purchased a ticket and everyone who donated through the Row Zero initiative. I want you to know that everyone on the ALS team – here on the pitch with me – want to keep living and enjoying life.”

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