Pep Guardiola says he won’t stop Bernardo Silva joining Barcelona

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has suggested he wouldn’t stop Bernardo Silva leaving the club for Barcelona because he ‘doesn’t want anyone to be unhappy’.

Guardiola provided his most recent perspective on the current controversy after City’s ALS charity match versus Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

“He is our player,” the Spaniard said of Bernardo. “We want him to be with us because he is very important. Having said that, I don’t want anyone to be unhappy.”

“But I don’t want him to leave because he is a superlative player. As a player and as a person, he is one of the best I have ever had. In any competition he is the best player. If an offer arrives there are seven days left and if Bernardo leaves, we would have to go to the market and it’s not easy.”

Silva has continued to be linked with the Catalan giants this summer, having first informed City that he wanted to leave in 2020 after struggling off the pitch during the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown.

But so far, City have held firm in their stance that they are not interested in negotiating a transfer, and Guardiola has spoken more than once refusing to rule anything out. Earlier this month, he had compared the situation to Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko all leaving.

Earlier this week, chief executive Ferran Soriano disallowed a sale on the grounds that there isn’t enough time to recruit a replacement.

Speaking to Tv3 via Fabrizio Romano, the City chief issued a transfer revelation that he and the club are done with their business for the summer, with the window set to close next week, as Soriano said: “There are no discussions or talks for Bernardo Silva. There’s no Bernardo case. Manchester City market can be considered closed, it’s over”.

“It’s too late to talk about entrances and exits”, Soriano explained.

It still looks uncertain whether Barcelona would be completing the registration of Jules Kounde this week as they have had to pull a number of economic levers in order to recruit new players and Bernado Silva signing would be largely dependent on the departure of a few players from the club.

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