Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bernardo: 'I Want to Win Ware' SILVA

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bernardo: 'I Want to Win Ware' SILVA

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BERNARDO Silva comes across as a very nice lad. After playing his first minutes in a City shirt, the Portuguese star had already conducted one post-match interview when he stopped for three unfamiliar faces in the emptying corridors of the Laugardalsvollur Stadium to answer a volley of questions.

Moments earlier, Pep Guardiola had gushed over his first signing of the summer, thanking his bosses for giving him someone humble, intelligent and with a ferocious hunger for all things football. The player is obviously happy to receive such praise - and reveals its origins growing up as a Benfica fan.

He speaks softly, earnestly and in perfect English - a skill picked up from studying in a British college in Lisbon from a young age and improved further (more importantly) when it was established that it was the only common language he shared with his French girlfriend.

"I am crazy about football," he said.

"When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time. "It has been the same since I was four or five and a young boy growing up in Lisbon. I always went to games with my dad and my grandparents.

"If I wasn't there then I would watch on television.

"It has always been like that because I always love to learn from the best."

Talk of learning plays up to Bernardo's fresh-faced image.

He speaks of wanting to pick up tips from Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva - "not just in games, but also in the way they train" - and becoming a better player under the coaching staff.

We want to Premier League as far as we Champions Bernardo At 22, the former Monaco star still has acres of room to grow at the heart of the youthful revolution Guardiola is bringing to the Etihad.

Yet it would be daft to write Silva off as a rookie as he arrives in the Premier League. The posters up outside the Stade Louis II for City's Champions League knockout tie branding Silva vs Silva may well have had plenty to do with the fact the two players share a surname, but nobody raised an eyebrow at bracketing the playmakers together. …

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