Ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League fixture against Marseille, the French press are ringing Bernardo Silva constantly.
After all, who better to talk to than a player who has featured a number of times against the Ligue 1 side during his time at Monaco, and scored a few goals in said fixtures as well?
Manchester City’s season hasn’t exactly started the way they wanted to, with two wins in five league games, and while there have been injuries, Silva, speaking to L’Equipe, doesn’t think that ‘can be an excuse with the team we have’.
In fact, he added: “I don’t really have a good explanation. We have to speak between us, with the manager, because if we want to win a title this season, we need to change something.
“All the teams know how we play, and we find ourselves against teams that don’t want the ball. They’re just waiting for the counter-attack. In this early season, we haven’t managed to be dangerous, to create a lot of chances, nor to be efficient”.
Once ‘the first name’ on Guardiola’s team sheet, Silva has seen his game time reduced, and he knows he’s partly to blame, and certainly can’t complain.
He said: “It’s not been a good season for us, and for me personally either. We’ve got a very complete squad, with a lot of world class player and competition.
“On the right, I have Mahrez and Ferran Torres, or even Raheem Sterling. In the middle, I had David Silva, Gündogan and Kevin De Bruyne, but of course I needed to do better this season”.
What could go a long way would be a big signing, one that would rock the footballing world, and if he had one choice of player in the France squad, Silva knows exactly who he’d be getting.
He told L’Equipe: “Kylian Mbappé. He was already a special player at Monaco when I was there, and he’s also a friend. If we could get him, it wouldn’t be bad, eh?”.
That would be rather expensive, of course, but for now, all the attention is turned against Marseille, who beat Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season, managed by André Villas-Boas.