Bernardo Silva and his departure from Benfica: “If they knew about football…”

The Manchester City star recalled his departure from Benfica, in the 2014/2015 season, to Monaco, for a fee close to 15.7 million euros. In a brief teaser, from an interview that will be released in full on Wednesday, on RTP, Bernardo recalled, with some sadness, the transition process for the Monegasque team. “I thought the club could have held me in another way. But there is a group of four or five people who, if they understood football, I would say, would have seen things differently”, he said, not hiding, however, his desire to return to his old home: “If the club wants me at the time, obviously things will happen”, he commented, stating that returning to Portugal through FC Porto or Sporting “will not happen”.

The Portuguese international also remembers a chapter in his childhood that served as a basis to reinforce his eagerness and desire to make it in the football world a little more. “They told me when I was training at Benfica: ‘a doctor’s son doesn’t make a player’. And I took it a bit personally and did everything I could to make it happen”, he recalled, in a comment after a hugely successful season.

When it comes to remembering the achievements of the previous season, Bernardo Silva, with conviction, says it is very difficult to repeat the same dose. “Emotional stability is one of the most important things in a person’s life. In the last year, on a professional level, I won the Champions League and the English Championship. And on a personal level, we got married and had our first daughter. I don’t know how it will be possible repeat or improve a year like this. I think it will be very difficult”, he points out.

However, the Portuguese international does not hide that there are still objectives to be achieved, especially from corner to chest, lifting the veil a little on his aspirations for the next competition. “One of the failures of my career is that I never managed to help Portugal in a European or World Cup to get a little further. Let’s play to win [Europeu]there is a huge responsibility for this generation to be successful”, he concludes.

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