Ilkay Gundogan names Man City star who is “very underrated” despite being in “incredible” form | Football | sport


Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has said Bernardo Silva has come back better than ever since fighting to get back from the wild. The Portugal international, 27, looked like he was frozen towards the end of last season.

But he had returned with full throttle and, according to Gundogan, answered all questions put to him. The German believes his teammate is actually “very underrated” given his contributions.

“He’s having a great season and I think he’s very underrated. He puts so much effort into everything he does on the pitch, ”he said.

“There can sometimes be a danger that he won’t be appreciated enough, but we know in the club how important he is.

“We are very happy that he is here and that he is having such an incredible season. I hope he can continue with this form race.

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Bernardo has been one of Guardiola’s favorites since leaving Monaco in July 2017, but the opportunities dried up last season.

He failed to come off the bench in 10 of City’s Premier League games in their charge for the title. And the rumor mill suggested he wanted to leave the Etihad.

Gundogan is glad nothing happened, but believes his example may help others who have found their first-team openings slim.

“The only thing you can do is try to support them as much as possible, help them train well,” Gundogan said.

And with Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden returning from illness and injury, Gundogan says there’s more to come.

“We have a lot of quality and there is a lot more to come from us.

“Everyone knows he has to be at his best to get into the first XI and you have to accept that you may have to sit on the bench.

“We just don’t need 11 great players on the pitch. We also need the grown-ups who sometimes need to be outside.

“It’s not always easy to take on this role, but it’s crucial to winning the biggest games and titles.”