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Bernardo Silva breaks silence on Man City future as playmaker leaves door open for £80m transfer to Barcelona

MANCHESTER CITY’s Bernardo Silva admits his future at the club is uncertain amid interest from Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder was one of City’s standouts last season as they marched to a fourth Prem title in five seasons.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva in the Community Shield against Liverpool

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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva in the Community Shield against LiverpoolPhoto credit: Getty

But he has been linked with a move from the Etihad since last summer when City paid a British record £100million for Jack Grealish.

City have initially shot down reports that they have agreed an £80m deal for Silva with Barca.

But the player himself, who is still under contract until 2025, was not immediately convinced of the idea.

Silva told ESPN, “I’ve always said I’m happy here, but I have no idea what’s going to happen.

“We’ll see, honestly. My relationship with the club is very honest. I’ve been open with them and they know what I want.

“If I stay I’ll be very happy and I will always respect this club and do my best.

“If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens.”

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Silva started on the bench in City’s 2-0 win over West Ham in the opening weekend, with Erling Haaland bagging a brace.

Barcelona are in dire straits financially and can’t even register all the players they’ve already signed this summer until they’ve taken others off the payroll.

However, with the upcoming sale of Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea, they are already scouting for new talent.

And Silva certainly didn’t sound like a man convinced he’ll stay with City for the long haul.

The star added: “It’s a big club and they don’t want players who aren’t happy at the club.

“They always say to all of us if you’re not happy you can leave. Of course they’re in business and they want the right amount of money to let us go, but personally it’s a very good relationship with the club.” respectful.

“They have always been honest with me and I have always been honest with them.

“As I said, I will always respect my relationship with Man City, with the fans, with the staff and with my team-mates.

“Whatever happens, happens and it will certainly happen in a very respectful way.”

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