Wed 24 August 2022 | 13:42

Man City chief executive insists Silva was never close to Barcelona

The Blaugrana was heavily linked with a transfer for the Citizens’ Bernardo Silva, and although the move favored the Portuguese midfielder, the reigning Premier League club boycotted the move as City's chief executive insists the Portuguese won't leave the club this season.


is trying to close the gap on Real Madrid, who won the Champions League and La Liga last season, and has signed

Robert Lewandowski,

Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, and Franck Kessie, and is trying to sign Marcos Alonso from Chelsea.

Manchester City

chief executive,

Ferran Soriano

reassured once again that

Bernardo Silva

, who scored once and contributed an assist in the Citziens' this weekend's 3-3 draw with Newcastle United, will not leave the English club this summer at any cost.

Soriano told

Cadena Ser's Que t'hi Jugues


"Of course, I can say that Bernardo Silva will stay at Man City.


"This story has taken many turns, but deep down it has never moved from the starting point. It's a bit late to talk about comings and goings."

Pep Guardiola

also announced his desire to keep the 30-year-old playmaker on several occasions.

The Portuguese

made 50 appearances for City last season, only Joao Cancelo outnumbered him with 52 games, scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists. Creating 76 goal chances last season, only

Kevin de Bruyne

(129) and Jack Grealish (78) created more chances for City than Silva.

Manchester City and Barcelona

will face each other in a friendly match this Wednesday.



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source: Cadena Ser's Que t'hi Jugues

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