Bernardo Silva responds after being forced to delete controversial Benjamin Mendy Tweet: ‘Can’t even joke with a friend’

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has taken to social media to post a follow-up Tweet, after being forced to delete a previous post regarding teammate Benjamin Mendy.

City run riot

Pep Guardiola’s men welcomed Watford to the Etihad yesterday afternoon, for their latest Premier League outing.

A shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich last time out saw the Citizens fall a full 5 points behind early pace-setters Liverpool atop the English top-flight, with many having predicted Quique Sanchez Flores’ Hornets to be on the receiving end of a major City backlash as a result.

Safe to say, though, not many foresaw quite the level of drubbing that was set to be dished out.

When all was said and done in Manchester, Watford were put to the sword by a staggering 8 goals to nil.

This included 5 on City’s part within the opening 18 minutes, a new Premier League record:

‘Can’t even joke with a friend’

One of the stars of the English champions’ frightening display yesterday afternoon was Bernardo Silva.

Portuguese midfielder Silva notched the first top-flight hat-trick of his career, amid a sparkling individual performance.

Less than 24 hours on from a day to remember for the Monaco man, however, Silva has been catching the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Earlier this afternoon, the 25-year-old posted a Tweet, comparing a photo of teammate Benjamin Mendy as a youngster to the character featured on the front of the bag for Conguitos, a brand of chocolates in his native Portugal.

The Tweet, as showcased above, has since been deleted, following an inevitable backlash across social media.

Silva, though, has this evening moved to defend himself, by arguing that his post was intended as little more than a joke between friends, which he feels was taken out of context:

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