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Bernardo Silva: It won’t be easy to replace David Silva at City

Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Manchester City
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Bernardo Silva concedes that filling David Silva’s boots at Manchester City next season won’t be an easy task even for a player such as himself.

David Silva, who is currently in his 10th season at City, will leave the Etihad Stadium next summer. Therefore, fans are expecting Bernardo to step up and fill in for the Spanish playmaker.

Although David Silva has left the quite the mark having helped City win 12 trophies in a revolutionary era. Among those include four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and two FA Cups.

But Bernardo, who bagged a hat-trick during the club’s 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday, is confident the team will move on.

“Look, they are very big shoes to fill,” he told the Daily Mail.

“David and I sometimes play in the same position and have the same style, but I think it’s unfair on David to be compared to me because he has played at a huge level for 15 years and I am just starting.

“The team will go on. Yaya [Toure] left, Vinny [Vincent Kompany] last season, Kun [Aguero] one day will go.

“Players will try to replace them, knowing that it’s difficult because they are some of the best players to ever play at this club. But one day if they want me to try to fill David’s shoes, I will try my best to do it.”

Bernardo added: “l have signed a contract that goes until 2025 and if I didn’t want to stay here for a long time, I wouldn’t have signed it.

“To know that if you stay you are going to fight for all the titles over the next 10 years gives you the willingness and ambition to stay; to try to do your best to be important at the club.

“I think that’s why Sergio and David have stayed so long. I think we are now arriving at the stage where we can fight for European trophies as well.”

Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Manchester City
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: David Silva of Manchester City (21) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)