Man City’s Bernardo Silva reveals the one club he still wants to play for


SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 16: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City is interviewed after arrival at the Premier League Asia Cup on July 16, 2019 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images for Premier League)(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images for Premier League)

Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has revealed that he still wants to play for his hometown club Benfica.

Silva, 23, was the linchpin of the AS Monaco squad that broke the monopoly of PSG over French football by winning the Ligue 1 trophy at the end of 2017/18 season.

His fine performances for the French side didn’t go unnoticed as Manchester City snapped up the Portuguese for £43.5million in 2017. He featured in 34 games for City in his debut Premier League campaign and helped the club put a record 100-points on board.

During his 2nd season at the Etihad stadium, the Portuguese grew even more influential in a team which was looking for a successor to the ever-reliable David Silva, the Spaniard who will leave the club at the end of this season.

As a result of his fine form, manager Pep Guardiola has stated that he sees the Portuguese as the long-term replacement of his Spanish namesake at Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva wants to play for Benfica one day

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Bernardo Silva came up through the youth ranks of Benfica but the absence of a route into their first team forced the midfielder to leave the club and sign for AS Monaco at the age of 19. 

Still, while his departure from Benfica wasn’t cordial, the playmaker still intends to go back and represent the club one day.

“I think what I did at Monaco and at City and for the national team, I think people in Portugal recognise that good work,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I would like to go back to Benfica one day. There is a gap to fill.

“I was a young kid who had a dream of playing for his home club and not being able to fulfil that dream was hard. But I had to make some decisions and I don’t regret it at all.”

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Bernardo Silva: Don't compare David with me

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: David Silva of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League Trophy after winning the title following the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Since both of them play in the same position and have a relatively similar playing style, many Manchester City fans think of Bernardo as a natural replacement of the outgoing David Silva. 

The Portuguese, however, is adamant that he isn’t interested in comparing himself to the Spanish midfielder insisting that the club will always come up with ways to replace superstars.

“Look, they are very big shoes to fill,’ he said. “David and I sometimes play in the same position and have the same style but I think it’s unfair on David to be compared to me because he has played at a huge level for 15 years and I am just starting.

“The team will go on. Yaya left, Vinny last season, Kun [Aguero] one day will go.

“Players will try to replace them, knowing that it’s difficult because they are some of the best players to ever play at this club. But one day if they want me to try to fill David’s shoes, I will try my best to do it.”

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