Bernardo Silva has extended his deal with Manchester City till 2026, the club have confirmed.
The Portuguese international was courted by several top European clubs, including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, in the last two windows.
But after months of speculation, he has committed to a new deal that will keep him at the Etihad until 2026 – nine years since he joined the club from Monaco in a £43m deal.
What Silva said
Speaking about his extension with the treble winners, the 29-year-old told the club’s official website: “I’ve had six incredible years at Manchester City and I’m delighted to extend my time here.
“Winning the Treble last season was extremely special, and it’s exciting to be part of a squad where there is such hunger and passion.
“Success makes you want even more, and this Club gives me that opportunity to keep on winning. I love the manager, my teammates and the fans and hope we can share even more great memories in the coming years.”
Silva also spoke about just how special the current City squad is to him.
He said: “I am just 29 years old, so I don’t remember all the teams that played in England, but from what I remember, when you see a team that wins five Premier Leagues in six and the Champions League, which everyone was saying was the missing piece.
“That makes it probably one of the best. We heard that four [titles] in a row was never done in the Premier League before, so we want to try that because it is so tough. It is so tough every year, and if you remember, two of those were just a difference of one point and the last games.
“For example, the Aston Villa game where we were losing 2-0 in minute 65 or 70, so it is not easy to win it. We are going to try and keep creating history and putting the name of this team as one of the best ever, of course. That means something to us.”
What Man City said
Silva had a big part to play as Pep Guardiola’s side won the Treble last season, lifting the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Bernardo has been exceptional during his time at the Etihad, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract extension with the Club.
“His quality and technical ability are fantastic – and alongside his hard work and professionalism, he has become one of the best players in the world.
“Bernardo was so important in our Treble-winning season, and we are sure he can help deliver even more trophies in the next few years.”