Everything you need to know about the Portuguese playmaker...

1 Big name

His full name is Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva!

2 Born and bred

He was born on 10 August 1994 in Lisbon, Portugal

3 Bright young thing

He began his career with Benfica at youth level, aged eight, before progressing through the ranks to the senior squad


4 Young debutant 

He made his debut for Benfica during their treble-winning 2013/14 season

5 Solo success

Making most of his appearances for the B squad however, he was named the Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2013/14, having claimed the October, December and January Player of the Month awards

6 International star

He was a key part of Portugal’s Under-21 side that finished the 2015 European Championship as runners-up and was named in the Team of the Tournament, as he was at the U19s tournament in 2013

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7 French connection

In August 2014, he joined Monaco on a one-year loan spell and signed a permanent deal with the Club in January 2015

8 Monaco magic

He made 132 appearances for Monaco, helping the Club to a Ligue 1 title in 2016/17. He also made the Ligue 1 Team of the Year

9 Future employers

He played against City in the 2016/17 Champions League quarter-finals, as Monaco progressed on away goals following a 6-6 draw on aggregate

10 Ten out of ten

A traditional number ten, he is admired for his movement, dribbling skills and sweet left foot. He has been likened to David Silva and scored a memorable goal in Monaco’s 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley