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'Bernardo does like Barcelona' - Guardiola addresses transfer rumours as Xavi confesses 'love' for Man City star

8:59 am AEST 25/8/22
Bernardo Silva Manchester City Barcelona 2022-23
Pep Guardiola acknowledged that Bernardo Silva "really likes" Barcelona while Xavi professed his affection for the midfielder.
  • The midfielder has been heavily linked to Barca
  • City had previously insisted he'd stay at the club
  • Pep Guardiola and Xavi together after charity match

WHAT HAPPENED? The Barcelona manager and his former coach discussed the transfer rumours surrounding Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva while at a press conference following the two sides' friendly on Wednesday.

WHAT THEY SAID: “I love Bernardo as a player," Xavi said, drawing a joking glare from his former manager. "He understands everything and has an amazing ability to make decisions. He’s a very important player for Pep and he makes the difference on the pitch.”

Guardiola, meanwhile, responded: “We want Bernardo Silva with us but I don't want anyone to be unhappy here. The first thing would be for the two clubs to come to an agreement - then of course, I want him in my team. It’s true that Bernardo Silva really likes FC Barcelona."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Portuguese star has been linked with Barca all summer, something which the two managers are very aware of. La Liga's transfer window closes on September 1.

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WHAT NEXT FOR MANCHESTER CITY AND BARCA? While the two sides have another week to work out a deal, they'll also face league matches this weekend. Manchester City are set to face Crystal Palace on Saturday while Barca will take on Real Valladolid one day later.