Bernardo Silva signs new contract with Manchester City until 2025

By Mirror: Thursday, March 14th 2019 at 10:28 GMT +3 | Football
Bernardo Silva has signed a three-year contract extension with Manchester City until 2025 [Courtesy]

Silva has signed a three-year contract extension with Manchester City until 2025.

The Portugal midfielder, signed from Monaco in May 2017 for £43.5million, has become a key member of Pep Guardiola’s City squad.

Bernardo has played an important role for City this season, particularly with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne having been beset by injury.

He has already made 40 appearances for the Premier League leaders this term, showing his versatility by playing either from the right flank or at the heart of midfield.

The 24-year-old has registered nine goals and nine assists to show his cutting edge, but has also shown the kind of control and ability to dictate matches that has seen him hailed as the long-term successor to arguably City's best player of the last decade, David Silva.

“It’s an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City," said the Portuguese.

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"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 silverware.

"City gives me the best chance of doing that.”

Bernardo has already won league titles in Portugal, France and England.

And after scoring in Wednesday night's 7-0 thrashing of Schalke, as City booked their Champions League quarter-final spot with a 10-2 aggregate victory, he is intent on proving to Guardiola that City can win Europe's premier club competition this season.

"Of course we will try to prove him wrong," said Silva.

"We know it is a difficult competition, a special competition against the best teams in Europe, but we players will try to prove him wrong."

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