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Man City: Guardiola swats Barcelona, PSG aside with ‘not for sale’ stance on top player; Fabrizio Romano reveals ‘crucial’ factor

Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland

Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland training with Man City

Manchester City have rocked Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer plans by confirming Bernardo Silva will not be sold under any circumstances this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Silva has previously spoken about a potential move away from the Etihad, as he would like to take part in a new challenge. This has resulted in interest from both Barcelona and PSG.

Barca boss Xavi believes the Portuguese attacking midfielder would be a perfect fit in his system. PSG sporting adviser Luis Campos, meanwhile, is desperate to add Silva to Luis Enrique’s squad.

Barca and PSG have recently been given hope of snaring Silva away from City amid claims he will not be renewing his contract in Manchester. The playmaker’s current deal expires in June 2025.

But Romano has now revealed City’s plans for keeping Silva away from the clutches of those two European heavyweights. Writing on Twitter, Romano has stated that City ‘have no intention to negotiate’ Silva’s departure, no matter the bids they receive.

City have been ‘strong and clear’ on this stance. They will also offer the 28-year-old – who played a crucial role in last season’s treble triumph – a lucrative new contract so he can pledge his allegiance to the club.

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Although, Silva’s decision will be ‘crucial’, Romano adds. If he refuses to sort out a new contract with City, they will have to start considering a potential sale in the future. But as for this season, it looks like Silva will be staying put.

City’s firm decision comes after Pep Guardiola criticised other clubs for tapping up his players, rather than going through official channels and launching proper bids.

Pep Guardiola criticises Barcelona approach

“I don’t want any players who don’t want to be here. I want to work with guys who want to stay,” he said.

“But we need a proper offer, we didn’t… If they want him, they’ll get on a plane and speak to our sporting director…

“For us to buy a player is £10-15m more expensive than other clubs, all the time it’s like that. And the same guys, when they want our players, really important players, first they have to make an offer – and it didn’t happen….

“In the case of Bernardo and Kyle [Walker], we talk many times over the last months and even years how important they are for us, how we want them and we will continue to do it until the end.

“What is going to happen I don’t know but it is not going to happen if both clubs don’t arrive.”

City spent £43m when signing Silva from Monaco in summer 2017. He has gone on to make 306 appearances for the Citizens, registering 55 goals and 59 assists in that time.

Last season, Silva played 55 times in all competition, notching seven goals and eight assists. He played a full 90 minutes in City’s Champions League final win over Inter, which saw them end their bad luck in the competition.

Meanwhile, City have revealed Josko Gvardiol’s shirt number and contract length when confirming his arrival from RB Leipzig in a £78m deal.