Manchester City sign £43 Bernardo Silva

Manchester City have completed a £43m deal for Monaco and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva.

The talented 22 year old, who will join Manchester City when the transfer window opens on the 1st July, said:”I’m now at one of the best teams in the world”.

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Bernardo Silva played a major part in helping Monaco win the French Liga 1 title and reach the Champions League Semi-Finals where they beat Manchester City along the way.

Silva has made 58 appearances for Monaco this season – including two against City in the Champions League – scoring 11 goals and 12 assists.

He said the chance to work with such a great coach like Pep Guardiola played a major part in his decision to join Manchester City.

“Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola, you don’t say no,” added the playmaker, who has played 12 times for Portugal, scoring once.

“If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best.”

Silva played a major role this season at Monaco, where they won the French Liga 1, for the first time in 19 years, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Silva was excellent in Monaco’s 5-3 Champions League defeat at Etihad Stadium in February and Pep Guardiola decided the Portuguese was a man he wanted. So much so, in fact, that he is prepared to put him among the top five most expensive players in City history.

A product of the Benfica academy, Silva is an attacking right-sided midfield player and is, at 22, just the kind of age Guardiola likes – old enough to understand his role, young enough to absorb the intricate tactical lessons his new manager imparts.

Manchester City who yesterday released four players, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy and Willy Caballero, are now looking to refresh the squad and bring in younger talent.  In recent weeks they have been linked to England international full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.