Guardiola: I don't know if this special player will stay

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted at one of his stars potentially leaving the club in the coming days amid interest from FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spanish coach has previously spoken at length about playmaker Bernardo Silva's potential departure from the Etihad, with the Portuguese star believed to be the last piece of Xavi Hernandez's puzzle ahead of his first full season as Barca manager.

The 27-year-old is reportedly open to leaving the Etihad after a glittering five seasons. While it was claimed in July that Silva had reached an agreement to join the Catalans, it was also stated that the move would depend on the departure of Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Guardiola has now once again provided comment on the matter, having previously discussed it during an event in the off-season.

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"I would love to have Bernardo continue here – he is a special player in the locker room – but honestly I don't know what will happen," he explained in pre-match press conference on Friday, according to Mancity.com.

"If he stays, it is perfect. If, in the end, he has to leave, it is because football is like this, the clubs are in agreement and the player has desires.

"I would not stop the desire of people. When you are a football player, it is so short. You don't realise and then immediately it is over.

"They have to talk to the club and I am never involved in that. And when the club decides, for me it is okay. All the time we are here every week together, I say I want the best for the players.

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"I want Bernardo to stay, definitely. Finding players is difficult. 100%, I want Bernardo to stay here.

"But at the same time, if you want to leave, you have an offer and the clubs have an agreement… it's common sense what I said. I did not say nothing special. This is reality.

"He is an important player for me. Bernardo is special but I don't know what will happen.

"Manchester City, as far as I know, we did not get an offer, last season neither."

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