Bernardo Silva signs a new deal at Man City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates after he scores his team's fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 at Etihad Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City have announced that Bernardo Silva has signed a new contract until June 2025.

The Citizens signed Silva from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 for a reported deal of €50m and, in his first campaign at the club, Silva played a critical role in their domestic double last season.

The attacking midfielder has been widely viewed as a long-term successor for David Silva by both fans and the player himself.

But, more recently, Silva’s impact at City has helped ease the loss of Kevin De Bruyne who continues to struggle to regain full fitness in what has been largely an injury-plagued campaign for the Belgian star.

Now City have stepped in and tied down Silva’s long-term future at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City,” Silva told the club website.

“This club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions and there’s nowhere else I want to be.

“As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the club, the manager, the players and the fans.

“The style of football we play here excites me, and I am determined to win more trophies. City gives me the best chance of doing that.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.

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“This is the latest example of our commitment to building a young squad of world-class players.

“We are constructing a side that will provide a platform for sustained success. Bernardo fits neatly into our plan.

“His work-rate, professionalism and technical quality have impressed us and there is plenty of scope for improvement.

“Under the guidance of Pep [Guardiola] and the backroom staff we have here, we expect to see him develop into one of the world’s best players over the coming years.”

The Portugal international has managed 18 goals and 21 assists in 93 appearances for City across all competitions since his arrival in 2017.

After scoring and providing an assist in Tuesday’s 7-0 thrashing of Schalke 04 in the Champions League, Silva will be eyeing up another start for Saturday’s trip to Swansea City in a FA Cup quarter-final clash.


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