Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has offered his honest opinion on the possibility of a move to Saudi Arabia in future, following interest last summer.
As part of a summer transfer window that featured yet more uncertainty for the Portuguese playmaker, including interest from FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, the Middle-East’s project emerged as an additional suitor.
Bernardo Silva himself has admitted to Portuguese media that he thought about the proposals made by Saudi Arabian clubs, but ultimately did not want to give up on the fierce atmosphere of European football and the Etihad Stadium, especially on Champions League nights.
The 29-year-old has now spoken out further about Saudi Arabia and whether it could emerge as a longer-term possibility for him, when his life at Manchester City ultimately comes to an end in the coming years.
Speaking during Manchester City’s recent FIFA Club World Cup campaign in Jeddah, Bernardo Silva commented on the ambitious footballing project on the Middle-East by explaining, “The Saudi League improvement has been massive.”
“It’s because of the investment and from what we hear it’s not going to stop,” he said, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano.
But when quizzed on whether Saudi Arabia could be a possible destination for himself in the future, Bernardo Silva was clear as he continued, “For now I’m focused on City, very happy playing European football — which in my opinion is the highest level.”
For now, Bernardo Silva’s attentions remain firmly on the challenges at Manchester City, as they return to action this weekend by embarking on their defence of their second FA Cup title under Pep Guardiola.
A trip to face Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United will then follow in the Premier League, before Manchester City are expected to travel to Abu Dhabi for a warm weather training camp during a winter break for top-flight clubs.
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