"I want Bernardo to stay, definitely, 100 per cent... but I don't know what is going to happen,"; City boss provides update on left-back search; watch West Ham vs Man City live on Super Sunday from 4pm
Despite interest from Barcelona, Pep Guardiola believes he wants Bernardo Silva to continue at Manchester City but admits he has no influence over the decision.
Silva, a Portugal international, was essential to City's Premier League title defense last season amid rumors of a transfer to the Nou Camp in the summer.
This summer, rumors have once again risen, and Guardiola maintains he knows nothing about the possibility that Silva would leave the Etihad Stadium with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The City manager remarked, "I felt comfortable working with Oleks [Zinchenko], Gabriel [Jesus], and Raheem [Sterling] for three amazing years, with incredible characteristics who helped us achieve.
However, there are instances when you have to diverge from our course because of the club, the player, or the agency, among other factors. I've stated several times that the player's desire is the most crucial factor; I want everyone here to be content as we work together to accomplish this. Bernardo is a special player in the locker room for me, so of course I would love for him to stay here, but I have no idea what will happen. Sincerely, I have no idea. The inevitable will occur, and whether he remains or leaves depends on how football works. The teams have an agreement, the player has wants, and I am not the one who can stifle those ambitions.
"Your time as a football player is brief; you don't realize it until it's gone. While I don't want to stifle a player's passion, I also realize that I am only a small part of the club and that any decisions made by the club are acceptable. You must speak with the club about this.
When questioned about his ambiguous statement, Guardiola clarified his position on Silva's future, saying: "I want the best for the players, but I want Bernardo to remain, certainly, 100 percent, I want him to stay here.
"However, if you want to leave and have an offer, and the clubs have a contract, what I said makes sense; it's nothing unique, and this is the situation.
"He's a key component for me, Bernardo is unique. What will occur is unknown to me. I can state that, as far as Manchester City is aware, we didn't get any offers either during the previous campaign. Bernardo is ready, he's been working hard, and he's just prepared for Sunday.
On Super Sunday, City will begin their championship defense at West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League. However, they have not yet found a replacement for left-back Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal this summer.
Guardiola was unable to offer an update on City's pursuit of any defensive targets, as Chelsea appear likely to beat the champions to the signing of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella.
Nothing unique, he said. "It is identical. We'll find out. There are still several days left till the month's end. We'll find out.
"Transfers are always challenging despite the fact that there are many players in the globe who can fit into our squad nicely.
"When purchasing and selling are done simultaneously, selling is harder. It works and fails sometimes. It is both feasible and improbable."