Manchester City has officially announced that midfielder Bernardo Silva will be continuing his journey with the club. The Portuguese star played a crucial role in Manchester City’s triumphant Treble victory last season, securing the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League titles under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
Initial concerns had arisen that Silva might depart the Etihad Stadium during this transfer window, potentially following in the footsteps of Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez. Both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain expressed interest in the 29-year-old talent. However, these concerns have been dispelled as Silva has committed to a new contract that extends until 2026. This marks an impressive nine-year stint since his arrival from Monaco for £43 million.
Silva expressed his enthusiasm for this extension with the Premier League giants, saying, “I’ve enjoyed an incredible six years at Manchester City, and I’m thrilled to prolong my tenure here. The unforgettable Treble victory of last season holds immense significance, and being part of this squad, characterized by unwavering passion and determination, is exhilarating.”
He added, “Triumph only intensifies one’s desire for further success, and this Club furnishes me with the opportunity to continue striving for victory. I hold deep admiration for the manager, my teammates, and the fans. I’m optimistic about creating more indelible memories in the forthcoming years.”
During the previous season, the versatile midfielder featured in 55 matches for City, instrumental in securing the club’s maiden UEFA Champions League triumph, a fifth Premier League title, and a second FA Cup. Additionally, Silva boasts 82 international caps and played an integral role in Portugal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup journey.
Remaining an integral part of Guardiola’s strategies, Silva retains his popularity among his fellow players in the dressing room. His dedication was evident as he completed the full 90 minutes in the FA Community Shield against Arsenal, even converting a penalty during the shootout. Although he participated in the opening-day victory against Burnley, a minor muscle injury kept him sidelined during the narrow 1-0 win over Newcastle.