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Bernardo Silva – Manchester City and Portugal

We wrote a Expertise Scout submit on Bernardo Silva means again in November 2014. Check out that right here

Bernardo Silva – Manchester Metropolis and Portugal

Welcome to our participant profile web page on Bernardo Silva. Steadily coming off the bench for Manchester Metropolis, he has but to take care of a beginning position in Pep Guardiola’s aspect, and but each time he has come on he has seemed threatening. Regardless, take a look at this Expertise Scout from November 2014 on the little Portuguese winger.

Expertise Scout (November 2014)

In winger Ivan Cavaleiro and attacking midfielder Bernardo, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has two of Portugal’s most fun prospects at his disposal. But a reluctance to utilize the membership’s academy recruits has seen each exit on mortgage to additional their careers.

Whereas Cavaleiro signed up with Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, his fellow 20-year-old has joined the Portuguese colony at Monaco.

For a participant with a lot potential to open up defences, Bernardo made only one fleeting substitute look for Benfica final season and, having outgrown a eating regimen of second division soccer with the membership’s B staff, he jumped on the probability of a 12-month stint in Monte Carlo, the place he has loved much more taking part in time beneath coach Leonardo Jardim.

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At his greatest as a central playmaker however primarily deployed on the suitable flank by his fellow countryman Jardim, the Portugal under-21 starlet is a skilful dribbler who was dubbed “Messizinho” by Benfica youth coach Fernando Chalana. The left-footer won’t be the quickest, however his low centre of gravity and trickery retains him one step forward of his opponents.

CIty: Silva moved from Benfica, to Monaco, to Manchester Metropolis (Getty Photographs)

“Bernardo was seven when he got here to the Benfica soccer faculty, and from that day on he has needed to study to compensate for his smallish construct,” says Helena Costa, who was his first coach at Benfica and – for a number of weeks this summer time – made historical past by taking cost of French second division outfit Clermont.

“He typically was taking part in towards youngsters who had been nearly twice his measurement and so needed to discover a option to keep away from challenges, to assume earlier than everybody else.”

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On the finish of the season, Bernardo must resolve whether or not to return to the staff he loves above all else or make a everlasting transfer to a membership that basically appreciates him. His present association with Monaco contains an possibility to purchase – and provided that his agent, Jorge Mendes, has hyperlinks with the Ligue 1 aspect, a future within the Mediterranean principality appears the almost certainly.

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