Bernado Silva
Bernado Silva

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is grateful to the club’s board for the signing of “intelligent” playmaker Bernardo Silva, who he believes is ready to make an immediate Premier League impact.

Silva, who joined in May from Ligue 1 champions Monaco in a deal reportedly worth £43million, made his first appearance for the club in a 3-0 pre-season win over West Ham United in Iceland last week.

The Portugal international was given extended leave after appearing at the Confederations Cup for his country but Guardiola was impressed as he made his City debut off the bench against the Hammers.

“I’m so grateful – thanks so much to the club for picking him up,” said Guardiola. “Bernardo played his first minutes and he was immediately ready to play. Intelligent players don’t need time to be involved in the way we want to play.

“Bernardo is a guy who loves football, who lives 24 hours thinking about the game. I like that. He is a humble guy – he’s so intelligent, which is a huge quality. Close to the box he has the quality to score a lot of goals and he’s a fighter too so he’s going to help us during the season.”