Bernardo Silva: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists the midfielder will stay at the club despite interest from Barcelona

Pep Guardiola says Bernardo Silva will not leave Manchester City in this transfer window.

Silva had long been linked with a move to Barcelona. Guardiola admitted the midfielder was very fond of the club in midweek – but reports emerged last night that PSG had made an offer.

The Man City boss has denied the story and is adamant that Silva will play his football at the Etihad this season.

“Bernardo Silva will stay at Man City, there are no negotiations,” Guardiola told his press conference on Friday before City welcome Crystal Palace to the Premier League this weekend.

“He will stay here. We have no phone calls from any club regarding Bernardo Silva. That’s why he will stay. I tell you, he will stay.”

So far, neither Silva nor his representatives have told the club he wants to leave the Etihad this summer.

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Bernardo Silva’s best Premier League goals as he continues to be linked with a move to FC Barcelona.

City are also expected to identify and sign a replacement, with less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window.

The Portuguese star started on the bench in Pep Guardiola’s first two Premier League wins before starting – and scoring – in last Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

Guardiola said earlier this summer he wanted Silva to stay but would not stand in the way of the player if he had other ideas.

“What happens will happen,” he said earlier this month. “If he stays, great.

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Silva in action against Crystal Palace last season

“At the end of the day, if he has to leave, it’s because football is like that; the player has a desire. I won’t be a person to stop someone’s desire.

“When you’re a player it’s so short, you don’t realize it and it’s almost over. The player will have to talk to the club and I’ve never been involved in that.”

Guardiola admits it’s a good record Palace have against his side City, who went unbeaten last season by taking four points and not conceding in their two Premier League games.

Curiously, City have lost just two of their last 54 Premier League games as of 3pm – but both times have been against Palace.

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Aymeric Laporte coaches Wilfried Zaha leading to a red card for the Man City defender

“It’s a good record,” Guardiola said of City’s record in the 3pm kick-off. “If I had 54 games left by 3 p.m. and lost two of them, I’d take it, I promise you. But it shows you how good they are.

“They defend very well and they are resilient. We have to be aware and not make mistakes. They are a team that defends very well, good transitions, with [Eberechi] Eze, [Andre] Yes, [Wilfried] Zaha, [Michael] Olise, they have guns.

“They have experienced players in the middle, but hopefully we can break them down and win the game.”

Guardiola loves taking on Patrick Vieira on the touchline on Saturday.

Vieira began his coaching journey at Manchester City after retiring in 2011, where he was named head of the club’s elite development squad.

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The Frenchman would visit Guardiola at both City and Bayern Munich, and showed his tactical savvy by frustrating City in their two encounters last season.

Guardiola said: “I have an incredibly high opinion of Patrick, first of all as a person. I have great regard for him and he does a very good job.”

“We won the Premier League. We don’t just plan to play against Crystal Palace. I analyzed both games last season and we were more than decent. Here we had a dismissal which gave us back the tough life.

“The Premier League is the Premier League. I’m not concerned. We would prefer not to concede but every team has their weapons.”

“We saw they were a tough team a few weeks ago against Liverpool, but we’re ready for them.”

Guardiola has also not confirmed whether Kalvin Phillips was ruled out for the Palace clash after appearing to injure his shoulder in the midweek friendly against Barcelona.

“We are training this afternoon, and I will be able to see everyone’s fitness after that. Right now I can’t tell you.”

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Bernardo Silva: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists the midfielder will stay at the club despite interest from Barcelona

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