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“I didn’t want to give up that” – Bernardo Silva names three reasons why he rejected Saudi offers to stay at Manchester City

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Bernardo Silva has opened up on his decision to stay at Manchester City beyond the conclusion of the recent summer transfer window, speaking during a new interview.

It was yet another transfer market of uncertainty concerning the future of the esteemed Portugal international playmaker, who has reportedly been keen on a change of scenery from the north-west of England for successive campaigns.

Bernardo Silva has often been tied with interest from the likes of reigning La Liga champions FC Barcelona, but has ultimately remained with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side and reaped the reward on a silverware front.

The most recent summer transfer window was certainly no different, as Bernardo Silva and his team of representatives commanded interest from around Europe including from Paris Saint-Germain, whilst the emergence of the Saudi Arabian market offered a new dilemma.

Speaking as part of a wide-ranging interview with Portuguese media outlet RTP this week, as translated and relayed by B24, Bernardo Silva opened up on his decision to remain at Manchester City over the summer, despite the intrigue over Saudi Arabia’s pursuit.

“I would lie if I said I didn’t think (about the big-money offers from Saudi Arabia),” the Portugal international admitted.

He continued, “What interested me was the heat of playing a UEFA Champions League semi-final, listening to the (Etihad) stadium going wild after scoring against (Real) Madrid in the semi-finals or when we won the final against Inter. I didn’t want to give up on that.”

Bernardo Silva has remained an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s title-challenging machine at the Etihad Stadium this season so far, offering commanding performances across all competitions and placing Manchester City top of the Premier League at this current stage.

After partaking in Portugal’s most recent European Championship qualification matches, the 29-year-old will return to duties with last season’s Treble winners this weekend, as they host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

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