By Kevin Campbell

17th Nov, 2022 | 1:25pm

Pundit suggests 'ominous' sign for Bernardo Silva at Man City after contract twist

Kevin Campbell has suggested the lack of action on a new Man City contract for Bernardo Silva is an “ominous” sign for his future.

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a potential move to interested club Barcelona would be a “big draw” for the 28-year-old.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (14 November), Silva will hold a meeting with Man City chiefs over the mid-season World Cup break to discuss his future.

The report claims the club want to know the midfielder’s intentions ahead of a potential £80million exit in the coming transfer windows.

Silva is under contract until June 2025 after his most recent extension in 2019.

He has won four Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 50 goals in 273 appearances.

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Campbell suggested Man City will have to make Silva “feel special” in potential contract negotiations in order to keep him at the club.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Bernardo Silva has been instrumental in what City have done.

“But it’s Barcelona. In my opinion, it will be a big draw for him.

“If Man City are to keep him around, they’re going to have to really move the goalposts and make him feel special.

“But if they wanted to keep him – why not get this contract sorted out before? This rumour has been going around for the last 18 months.

“I think that lack of action is pretty ominous.

“He’s been sensational for City and for the Premier League, but I think his heart is set on leaving.”

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