Pep Guardiola says he is uncertain about Bernardo Silva’s future amid interest from Barcelona in the Manchester City midfielder.
Silva has been a crucial player for Man City in helping them win four titles in the last five years but wanted to leave at the start of the previous season.
Despite the financial problems at Camp Nou, the Spanish giants have indicated they are interested in Bernardo but may have to sell midfielder Frenkie De Jong to free up space and money before a deal can be completed.
Guardiola insists he wants him to stay but will let him leave if the move is right for the Portuguese player.
Guardiola told his news conference ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday:
Sometimes you have to sell. For the desire for the players, I need people happy here, we try to do it together.
I would love for Bernardo to continue here, a very special player in the locker room, but I don’t know what will happen.
What happens will happen, if he stays is perfect, if he has to leave it’s because football is like this.
Players have desire and I’m not a person to stop a person desire in life. Football career is so short. I’m a small part of the club, I have to speak to the club, they decide and I say okay.
The City boss has already sold senior players Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling in the summer and says he wants players that are happy in his squad.