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Pep Guardiola has pleaded with Bernardo Silva not to walk out on Manchester City.
Silva is the subject of interest from Barcelona and would like to join the La Liga giants. It remains to be seen if Barca are willing to meet City's £80m valuation of the Portuguese international.
Guardiola would love to keep the attacking midfielder, but admits he is powerless to stop him leaving if Silva decides he wants to move to Spain. Guardiola, whose champions kick-off their Premier League campaign at West Ham on Sunday, said: "In the end, sometimes for the clubs, for the player, for the agent, for many reasons sometimes you have to divide our path.
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"Especially the desire for the players. I have said many times I want players to be happy here and for us to try to do it together. I would love it if Bernardo could continue here because he's a special player for all of us in the locker room, but I don't know what is going to happen.
"If he stays, it is perfect. If in the end he has to leave it is because football is like this, the clubs have an agreement, the player has the desire and I will not be the reason to stop the desire.
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"I want Bernardo to stay, to replace him is difficult. I want 100 per cent for Bernardo to stay, but if you want to leave and have an offer and the clubs get an agreement, what I said is common sense. This is the reality.
"He is an important player for me, but I don't know what is going to happen. As far as I know we didn't get any offer. Bernardo is ready, training really well, ready for Sunday."
Guardiola, meanwhile, has revealed he would be willing to sit down with Etihad bosses and sign a contract extension to stay at City beyond this season.
The Spaniard's current deal runs out next June but he said: "I wouldn’t change my life here for one second. It's seven seasons already. We will talk again about how we feel and decide what’s best for the club.
"I said many times if they want it I’d like to stay longer, but at the same time I have to be sure. It’s not the second or third season, it’s many years already and I have to see how the players behave.
"We will see what happens during the season and how we feel and the best decision for the club is going to be taken."
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