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Media Watch: Bernardo tipped for top prize

LEADING LIGHT: Bernardo has been tipped as a future Ballon d'Or winner.
Transfer gossip takes a back seat in Wednesday’s newspapers, but there are still plenty of column inches dedicated to Manchester City.

Both Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling have been praised, whilst former skipper Vincent Kompany has spoken for the first time as Anderlecht boss.

We’ll begin with Bernardo after former Portuguese international, Paulo Futre, predicted City’s No.20 will be football’s next big star.

Goal have the story, with Futre saying: "I think Bernardo will be the next star, or he will be when Ronaldo and Messi start to decline.

"I think Bernardo will be one of those who will be ready to win the Ballon d'Or, because he is a player with a lot of responsibility in a great team like Manchester City.”

The praise for Sterling comes from a fellow professional, with Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson revealing the advice given to him by the City and England man.

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Quoted in the Daily Mail, Nelson explained: “Raheem is a role model to a lot of young lads coming through. He gives me little messages on Instagram, like ‘keep going.’

“I was training with the England team a couple of times and he is there always giving encouragement.”

Meanwhile, as he prepares to begin his managerial career, Kompany has told Sky Sports playing under Pep Guardiola was a valuable learning experience.

The Belgian revealed: “It was like being at university every day. He explained everything with such clarity and I learnt an enormous amount from him.

“I am no Guardiola by any means, let me make that clear. But I think I was a good student.

“I will be as driven as Pep has been or the best managers have been - that I know. Will I be as good? We'll see.”

Unsurprisingly, transfer gossip does still feature in Wednesday’s papers, with the Daily Mail reporting City are one of several clubs monitoring Burnley's Dwight McNeil.

Writes Peter Rutzler: “McNeil's breakout campaign, in which he scored three goals and made five assists from 21 Premier League appearances, has attracted interest from several clubs including Everton, Newcastle and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.”

That’s all for today, but we’ll be back with more of the same at the same time tomorrow.

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