“Now you have an additional pressure on the situation where Bernardo Silva might choose to say: ’Well look, I joined this club on these conditions, you assured me that we would have Champions League football going forward when these stories came out, when these investigations began, the assurance from the club to Pep Guardiola and others was this was all false, it will go away. Now I am faced with what is a formal ban from UEFA that the club will not play in the Champions League for the next two seasons and I have a club like Barcelona who want to sign me’.

“That is a difficult situation for Manchester City and it changes the framework on which they’ve been trying to retain the player.”

Earlier this week Guardiola insisted he would remain at City despite the European ban.


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