Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is hoping to finish his career where it began with Benfica. The inspirational playmaker signed a contract extension with Manchester City in the summer. He signed on until 2026 with the treble winners.
Speaking with Martin Blackburn of the Sun he spoke of his desire to return to Benfica when the time is right. He said: “I want to return to Benfica. If the club wants me at the time, obviously things will happen.”
Bernardo Silva also revealed he did think about interest from the Saudi Pro League after City claimed the treble. Fabrizio Romano reported during the summer that PSG, Barcelona and Saudi Pro League clubs had interest in signing the midfielder. But a desire to remain in the UEFA Champions League saw Bernardo stay at City. He answered when asked about Saudi interest in his services: “It would be a lie to say I didn’t think about it. But I want to play in the Champions League semi-finals, score against Real Madrid, win the Champions League, I don’t want to give up on that.”
To the relief of everyone associated with Manchester City, the Portuguese midfielder stayed at the club. With Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte all departing the champions in the summer it was a huge boost for Pep Guardiola’s side to keep Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese international has taken his game to a new level so far this season. With Manchester City needing players to step up with the summer departures and Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term injury, Bernardo Silva has been one to rise to the occasion.
Bernardo and his teammates are currently preparing for Saturday’s clash against Liverpool. The game will see the top two sides currently in the Premier League face off at the Etihad.