5 things to know about Manchester City’s new signing Bernardo Silva:

  1. An impressive performance at the Etihad:

Manchester City were thrown out of the Champions League courtesy some phenomenal performance from AS Monaco. Bernardo Silva was part of the side, providing some exquisite display of his skills on the ball. In the fixture at Etihad, Bernardo beat past David Silva and Leroy Sane with a neat pirouette before he nutmegged the Ivorian veteran Yaya Toure to provide a pinpoint 30-yard pass to Kylian Mbappe. That was some display from the 22-year-old in a quarter-final against a Pep Guardiola side. It was pretty evident that Pep was highly impressed by the youngster in the two legs of the quarter-finals.

  1. His football agent:

The agent for Bernardo Silva is the famous Jorge Mendes. Mendes has always had a strong set of world class players under his belt, both young and experienced. He is known to close deals more than often, and it must have been a tricky situation for him given how Manchester United were linked with the Portuguese as well this February. United manager Jose Mourinho is Mendes’ agent too, and there must have been something that City had offered better to get this deal done for Pep Guardiola.

  1. Style of play:

The Portuguese has impressed many critics around the world with some fine performances both at Benfica and Monaco. His quick feet and brilliant dribbling skills make him a big threat in the attack. He can play on the left as well at the center, but many believe that his best position is on the right side of the field, as he can cut inside with his deadly left foot and do some serious damage to the opposition. Portuguese great Deco believes Silva is set for big things in the future and can be the perfect heir to the no.10 position of any club.

  1. ‘Little Messi’:

Silva came through as a schoolboy from the Benfica academy and was termed as the ‘Little Messi’. He was voted as the Breakthrough star of 2014 after an excellent season in the Portuguese second division Benfica B. As he was asked to train as a left back with the Benfica first team, he decided to leave the club which till date is considered as a massive mistake from Former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus.

  1. Highly influential for Monaco this season

The Portuguese youngster played a key role in helping Monaco win the French league for the first time in 17 years. He scored eight goals and assisted on nine other goals to help Monaco finish eight points clear of PSG in the Ligue 1. He was creative, almost unstoppable at times on the wings and passed the ball with utmost precision. Pep Guardiola believes he will help City in the same way and sooner or later replace the magical David Silva for the Blues.