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Pep Guardiola could break promise as Bernardo Silva ‘asks’ to join Barcelona

Pep Guardiola will be going back on his solemn oath to keep Bernardo Silva at Manchester City for the entirety of his tenure should the midfielder join Barcelona.

The 27-year-old playmaker, who has been at City for five seasons and won four Premier League titles, has reportedly told the club he wants to join the Catalan giants despite having another three full seasons on his Etihad contract.

With Mundo Deportivo reporting that Silva has already asked City to begin talks with Barcelona over a potential move, Guardiola might have to reconsider the stance that he outlined four years prior.

“When he played he's played top," said Guardiola ahead of City's trip to Wigan in the FA Cup back in February of 2018, which they lost 1-0.

"He's a young guy, he's a guy in the locker room who we are so happy to have here.

"He'll stay a long time, while I'm here he will not move on, he will stay with me.

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"I haven't seen him sad, even for one day – always in a good mood, and you cannot imagine how important that is.

"When he didn't play too much, you cannot imagine how important he is in the locker room and he's this kind of guy, his mood is always in the right place."

Silva has scored 48 goals and added 51 assists across his 251 appearances for City since joining from Monaco for an initial £43.5million back in 2017.

In a chat with The Times back in March, Silva admitted that he wanted to leave the club during the pandemic – adding that he changed his stance.

He said: "I was feeling a little bit alone at the time in England and I wasn’t very happy with my life."

Adding: "I had a talk with the club because I wasn’t happy with my life here, and I wanted to be closer to my family."

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