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Man City ace Bernardo: Fernandino home truths toughed me up

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva admits a heart-to-heart with Fernandinho changed his way of playing.

The veteran Brazilian, who turned 35 this month, gently reminded his younger colleague that pain was something he would have to get used to if he was to play regularly.

“When you play once every three of four days, four or five seasons in a row, it starts getting more difficult. You get more tired, having little problems," Bernardo said.

"I remember once talking with Fernandinho about this and after one training session I was complaining about my back, my leg and he just said 'Bernardo, you are 25, when you get to my age, you won't play a game without pain in three different parts of your body!' From that moment I thought 'OK, let's do it.'

"It doesn't matter if you have pain in your left leg, in your right arm, your head, it doesn't matter; you go for it. It won't solve the problem complaining. You try to eat, sleep, have a good lifestyle and just go for it."

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