Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that there are a handful of players who want to leave the club this summer, including winger Bernardo Silva.
There have long been rumours suggesting Guardiola is dealing with a handful of frustrated players, with Silva one of many believed to be eyeing a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the coming weeks.
Speculation surrounding Silva has been loud for weeks now, and the rumours were put to Guardiola during a press conference on Friday, in which he did not hide away from the fact that Silva is one of a few pushing for an exit.
“[Bernardo] is our player, but it’s not just Bernardo,” Guardiola said (via The Sun). “There are two or three…four players that want to leave.
“They are our players, they are under contract. When they bring an offer and say they want to leave, or their agents come here, we are open to discussing absolutely everything with all the players in the squad.
“It depends on them. Otherwise, they will continue to train really well and they will stay here, and I will decide whether they play or don’t play. But as for the players, as they’ve seen in previous seasons, they know the door is open. We don’t want anyone here unsatisfied, but they have to bring [a buyer] or they will stay here.”
Silva, who has four years remaining on his contract, is understood to be keen to seal a long-awaited switch to Barcelona, but the Catalan side’s financial struggles mean any such transfer would be impossible without swapping players – something which may not be out of the question.
As for the other unsettled players, Guardiola declined to add any extra names, but there have been plenty of reports hinting at the identities of those keep to leave City.
Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo are both believed to be open to exits, as is winger Riyad Mahrez, while England’s Raheem Sterling is hesitating over a contract extension while he works out where he stands under Guardiola after a stop-start season.