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Bernardo Silva looking forward to playing for City

Bernardo Silva looking forward to playing for City
Bernardo Silva has spoken of his excitement at joining City later this summer.

Silva was an integral part of the Monaco side that thrilled Europe with their attacking football during the 2016/17 campaign and will officially become a City player on 1 July.

The Portugal international will wear the No.20 jersey with the name ‘Bernardo’ on the back.

“It feels great to be coming to City,” said Silva.

“I’m going to be joining one of the best teams in the world. To be part of this club and to have this opportunity is great. I can’t wait to begin trying to do my best to help the team reach their goals.

“Manchester City over the last few years has played to win and I want to win medals. When I spoke to the people at Manchester City they always told me their goal was to win titles and that is also my goal. So, I’m here with all the amazing players that we have, the coach and all the team that is behind us, I think we can do it.”

Silva admitted he is looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and believes he can win silverware with the Blues in the coming seasons.

“If he is not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best,” he said. “Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola, you don’t say no.

“As we all know, what he did with Barcelona and Bayern Munich was amazing and we expect also here that he will win titles. It’s great to have the chance to work with him and to have this opportunity.

“Nowadays if you don’t work hard, even if you’re one of the best you don’t succeed. It’s not only defenders who have to defend or attackers who have to attack. It’s a team and we all have to do everything.”

Silva says he was impressed with City when he played against the Blues in the Champions League a few months ago.

Monaco edged City out of the competition on away goals after tying 6-6 on aggregate, with the three goals they managed at the Etihad proving pivotal for the French Ligue 1 champions.

Silva tussles with Gael Clichy during the recent Champions League clash
Silva tussles with Gael Clichy during the recent Champions League clash

“We weren’t pleased about the score because we didn’t win that game, but it was a great match with two teams that wanted to play football and score goals. In the end, I think both teams played a fantastic game. To play here at the Etihad was special.

“Playing for Monaco has been a great experience. I was a little bit surprised by how quickly I adapted to French football. We had a lot of Portuguese players and a Portuguese coach that helped me a lot as well.

“Of course, it will be a little difficult to leave Monaco. It is true that in Monaco this season we did some fantastic things. To win a title against PSG is not easy in France, to arrive in the semi-finals of the Champions League was fantastic.

“But this summer will be a good time to leave. We are champions and it was good to be part of Monaco. I am very grateful for everything but now I am looking forward to being part this new project in my life.”

And his thoughts on being the second Silva in the City squad later this summer?

“David Silva is one of the best players in the world,” he said. “I look forward to learning from him and to see what he can teach me.

“I look forward to playing with him. To have this opportunity is fantastic. When I was a kid I was looking at him and some other players, now to have the chance to play with them is great.”