Soriano says Bernardo Silva has never been close to Barca move


Ferran Soriano has once again dismissed talk of Barcelona signing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Silva has long been linked with a move to the Camp Nou, but Pep Guardiola has made it clear he wants to keep hold of the Portuguese midfielder.

The 30-year-old playmaker scored one goal and set up another in the Premier League champions’ 3-3 draw at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Silva faces Barca in a friendly on Wednesday and City chief executive Soriano does not expect him to play for the Catalan giants this season.

Que t’hi Jugues Cadena Ser said: “This story took many turns, but deep down it never moved from its starting point.”

Soriano added just over a week before the transfer window closed: “It’s a bit late to talk about comings and goings.”

Silva made 50 appearances for City in all competitions last season, a tally surpassed only by Joao Cancelo (52), as the 28-year-old scored 13 goals and provided seven assists.

Only Kevin de Bruyne (129) and Jack Grealish (78) have created more chances for City than Silva, who had 76 last term.

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