Bernardo Silva’s Man City stint
Bernardo Silva made the switch to Manchester City in the summer of 2017, joining from Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.
City are believed to have paid around £45m for the midfielder’s services.
Silva had a decent debut season at the Etihad, scorning nine and assisting 11 in 53 ties across all competitions.
But it would be last term when Silva stepped up a gear for Pep Guardiola’s side.
City won the domestic treble last season, and Bernardo Silva played a key role in that success.
With Kevin De Bruyne spending a good chunk of the campaign on the sidelines or not at full fitness, the onus fell on Silva to make up for the loss of creativity in the center of City’s midfield.
The Portugal international did exactly that, scoring 13 and providing 14 assists in 51 outings.
The 25-year-old’s emphatic form was rewarded at the end of the campaign, as he was named Man City’s Player of the Season.
Silva’s 2019/20 campaign hasn’t been as fruitful, but he has still scored seven and assisted seven in 34 games.
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Silva to return to Benfica?
Bernardo Silva is contracted to the Sky Blues until 2025.
But in a recent interview, the midfielder has been speaking about a potential return to a former club.
Silva began his career with Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, making his way up their youth ranks and into their B team.
But despite impressing as a youngster, Silva made just three appearances for Benfica’s senior side before joining Monaco.
And it appears that lack of game time for As Águias’ main team still bothers Silva, with the Man City man claiming that he has an emptiness due to leaving the club a little early.
Silva also stated that he thinks he will return to Benfica, although he didn’t specify when:
“I have already said it several times: I have this emptiness of having left a little early, so I think I will come back. If they want me there, I think I will come back.” As quoted by Record.