BERNARDO SILVA has revealed he could leave Manchester City next year as he targets an emotional return to Benfica.
The Portuguese, 27, had hoped to leave the Etihad last summer after failing Pep Guardiola’s orders.
But City refused to let him go without any clubs meeting their asking price.
Bernardo has since become an integral member of the City XI, with seven goals and two assists this term.
But the midfield conductor seems to have set his departure date at Etihad.
Silva told Portuguese TV channel Channel 11: “I miss Portugal a lot.
“If I could come back in a year or two, I would.
“Not only because I want to play for Benfica again, but because I miss my family and life in Portugal.”
This is not the first time Silva has mentioned his desire to return to Benfica.
Bernardo previously admitted: “Benfica is a big part of my life.
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“I grew up going to Benfica games with my father and also with my friends.
“Besides, I played at Benfica for 12 years from the age of 7 to the age of 19 … so it was almost half my life.
“When I left, I was 19, almost 20 years old and it was a very difficult change because I didn’t expect it.
“But it’s really been a good thing for my life to change and move to Monaco.
“But speaking of Benfica, it’s been an important part of my life not only as a supporter, but as a player that has helped me grow a lot.”
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