Bernardo Silva seems to have come to terms with why he didn’t play as much for Manchester City last season after relishing in his return to prominence.
Silva was considering his future over the summer after struggling with the competition for places at Man City, where he had previously been a key figure since his transfer from Monaco.
However, no opportunities emerged in the transfer market that he deemed worthwhile. Therefore, his City career continued into another season. Some rumours have continued in view of January but it now seems unlikely he would leave.
The Portugal international will be glad to have stuck around, having made a good start to the new campaign. He has started all but one of their opening eight Premier League fixtures.
Silva has been in good form in those appearances, providing two goals – including one in their win over Burnley on Saturday.
It left him reflecting on what he has endured in recent months. He turned it into advice for other players who may face similar situations.
“It is tough when you don’t play the minutes that you want to,” Silva said. “It happened with me; it’s happened with most of the players here. It’s how it works.
“You have to go and fight for your place.
“I am happy that I am helping the team and I am happy with the momentum. But it is just the beginning.
“We are still in October. We need to keep going, try to go top of the league, try to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League now we are third in the group.
“It is the beginning but we are doing well.”
City’s win over Burnley was their first since beating Chelsea on 25th September. Since then, they lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and drew with Liverpool in the Premier League.
Their start to the season has been positive on the whole, with five wins, two draws and one defeat in the league. But Silva knew the importance of returning from the international break with a win as they aim to keep pace with the clubs trying to dethrone them.
“It was a tough game,” he said of the win over Burnley. “After the international break most of the games are tough to play.
“It is never easy to win right after everyone comes back but it is a good win, three points, and now on to the next one. We need points.”
Sterling considering Man City exit
Silva’s words may come as advice for Raheem Sterling, who recently admitted he would consider his Man City future if he could get more gametime elsewhere.
The England winger has been linked with a move abroad. Barcelona would be one potential suitor.
“If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it,” he told The Guardian.
“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought: ‘You know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge.
“I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I get on with my work, do what I need to do, and I’m just raring to go. [Ready to be] playing football matches regularly. Scoring goals regularly.
“If football for me is not at a certain standard I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals. And enjoying myself.”
Like Silva, though, he also started against Burnley and should see more opportunities come his way.