Bernardo Silva was hailed as one of the best players on the planet right now after yet another fantastic Manchester City performance.
But the City star, who received the recognition from teammate Gabriel Jesus after expertly teeing up the Brazilian national team player for the victory goal against Paris St. Germain, evokes bittersweet thoughts among the worshiping support.
Bernardo has returned to world-class levels, where he spearheaded City’s successful 2018-19 title showdown.
But the fact that he has made it clear that he has been returning to Portugal for the past two summers has led to fears that they could lose the 27-year-old, just as he is reaching his peak.
City have told Bernardo, who admits he is homesick and would jump at the chance to move back to Portugal or Spain, that he could leave if a suitable bid comes – but with the big Spanish clubs in financial turmoil, has no been forthcoming.
Bernardo has responded positively and has shown some of his best form to help City stay on the shoulder of Premier League leaders Chelsea and slip past PSG to top their Champions League squad.
So his comments after Wednesday’s match will be encouraging for his blue fan club.
Bernardo showed his versatility as well as his quality by recording as City’s fake nine against PSG – one of six positions he has played for City.
“I’ve played like a fake nine many times here in Manchester City,” he said. “I’m used to it. It went well today, we won, that’s all that matters.
“I tried to give the best for the team, sometimes you play better, sometimes you play worse, but I always give the best of myself for this club. I am very happy for my current moment and I just want to keep this level. . “
Pep Guardiola hinted last week that he felt Bernardo was over the worst of his homesickness.
This is due in part to the fact that his model girlfriend Ines Tomaz moved to Manchester to be with him this year, but Bernardo has certainly put himself in excellent shape on the pitch.
And he showed that class by radiating superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as City won 2-1.
“We knew it was going to be a very tough match against one of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players on the planet,” Bernardo said.
“I think we have played a really good match, we have controlled ball possession, but it is always dangerous when you meet players like Neymar, Mbappe, Messi, etc.
“It’s always dangerous to play against them, even when you have the ball most of the time and you control the game. We are very happy with the victory and to secure the top of the group.”
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