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Bernardo: Why Man City boss Guardiola perfect for me

Bernardo Silva has admitted he has improved immeasurably under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The 27-year-old has returned to form this season as City look to defend their Premier League title.

Despite being linked with an exit from the Etihad, Bernardo insists he has loved working under the Catalan maestro.

"It took me some time to adjust to my new team-mates, a new style of playing, a new city, a new league," Silva told the Daily Mail.

"But his demands, when I arrived, were something I really liked a lot.

"It's something I identify with — to be playing for a team where everybody fights every year to win titles and is never satisfied. I like to work with those demands every day."

He added: "Here, every year I feel like a better player mainly because of how I understand the game. Sometimes the team need to speed up the game, sometimes more possession. And having a coach like Pep, who likes controlling the rhythm of a game, likes having possession and likes to dominate the game, it drives us all to win a lot, year after year.

"It's hard and good at the same time, because he's a very demanding coach. He doesn't let the players rest. He is used to winning and never letting up.

"Even after a season when we won several titles, he's a coach who always demands more from us and always wants to win.

"It's been a very good experience, especially this team's ambition. It's not easy as the quality in the squad is very high and the competition for places is also really high. Having a coach who's always pushing us to the limit is really important."

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