Treble-winning midfielder Bernardo Silva has signed a new contract extension to stay at the Manchester City for an additional year.
Silva, 29, will now be staying at the Etihad until the summer of 2026 in what will be a relief to boss Pep Guardiola who has already lost the experience and guile of Ilkay Gundogan alongside a likely months-long injury layoff for Kevin De Bruyne – who suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that saw him exit last season’s Champions League final early.
The hard working and talented midfielder had been heavily tipped to leave the Etihad as part of an exodus that now includes Aymeric Laporte who tonight confirmed he would be leaving the club amid reports of an imminent move to Saudi Arabia.
Laporte would be joining Riyad Mahrez in the Middle East while Gundogan secured a free transfer to Barcelona – the same destination was Joao Cancelo could be leaving for on loan.
Keeping Silva became vitally important after a proposed move for West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta fell apart for ‘confidential reasons’ and although Silva’s news is positive there are rumours of a release clause in his new deal which would facilitate a smooth departure next summer for a fee of a little as 50 million Euros.
Silva, capped 82-times for Portugal, was influential in City’s Treble-winning campaign and played 55 games for City as he picked up his first UEFA Champions League title alongside his fifth Premier League and second FA Cup.
Silva said: “I’ve had six incredible years at Manchester City and I’m delighted to extend my time here.
“Winning the Treble last season was extremely special and it’s exciting to be part of a squad where there is such a hunger and passion.
“Success makes you want even more, and this Club gives me that opportunity to keep on winning.
“I love the manager, my team-mates and the fans and hope we can share even more great memories in the coming years.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Bernardo has been exceptional during his time at the Etihad, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract extension with the Club.
“His quality and technical ability is fantastic – and alongside his hard work and professionalism, he has become one of the best players in the world.
“Bernardo was so important in our Treble-winning season and we are sure he can help deliver even more trophies in the next few years.”