´My goal is probably a new project´ – Silva hints at Man City exit before next season

    Bernardo Silva will likely be looking for a “new project” in the next few years, but he will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Manchester City.

    Since joining City from Monaco in 2017, Silva has won four Premier League titles as well as five domestic cups, playing a vital role in Pep Guardiola’s team.

    Barcelona were reportedly interested in luring the Portugal international to the Camp Nou in the latest transfer window, though City’s reluctance to sell ensured the move never materialised.

    Although Silva is focused on winning more trophies with City before the end of the season, he refused to rule out a move until the next campaign.

    “I’m very focused on this season and there’s no point in talking about leaving because we’re in the middle of the season,” Silva told Record.

    “I’ve been at Manchester City for almost six years, I have a lot of respect for the club, the news keeps coming in and people know there have been talks between me and the club and at the end of the season we’ll talk again to see what’s best for both sides.

    “I am 28 years old, I will be 29 in the summer and I have two more years on my contract with Manchester City. My contract ended at 31.

    “I will not hide that my goal in the coming years, if something good happens somewhere, will probably be to switch to a new project.”

    While Barcelona seems like Silva’s most likely destination, the midfielder has made no secret of his desire to one day return to his homeland with Benfica, where he failed to become a first-team player early in his career.

    “My goal was to return to Benfica at the age of 32 at the latest. “What do I think today? It depends on what happens next summer.

    “I won’t lie, I don’t think about it. I think about it every year. This has always been the goal. I couldn’t fulfill my dream of playing for Benfica when I was 19 or 20 years old, but I still want to fulfill it.

    “Being very realistic for me to leave Manchester City for Benfica or leave another great European club for Benfica… I can’t leave with a two or three year contract because Benfica don’t have the money to pay these clubs.

    “I have to go free. I’m in a difficult situation that I need to deal with, but we’ll see what happens.”

    Silva’s current team lost more ground in Saturday’s title race with a 1-1 draw against Everton, while Arsenal extended their lead at the top to seven points by beating Brighton and Hove Albion.

    Silva is hopeful that City can make up for this shortfall, with a first Champions League title also a key target after losing the 2021 final against Chelsea.

    “I’m focused on winning more titles for City,” Silva explained. “We want to win the championship again.

    “We have a competition we’ve never won and that’s a great goal, the Champions League, so we want to try again.”

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