‘It just doesn’t make sense’: Bernardo Silva hits out at the PFA Team of the Year after only THREE players from champions Man City were named, with six coming from runners-up Liverpool
- Bernardo Silva slammed the PFA over their Team of the Year selection last term
- The side featured just three Manchester City players despite winning the title
- Second-placed Liverpool has six players included in last season’s PFA team
- Man City manager Pep Guardiola was also pipped to the award by Jurgen Klopp
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has hit out at the Professional Footballers’ Association over their Premier League Team of the Year.
The Portugal international was included in last season’s selection yet has bemoaned the PFA for the omission of multiple City players.
Despite clinching the league title last season, City only had three players in the team, while second-placed Liverpool boasted six.
Bernardo Silva hit out at the Professional Footballers’ Association over their Team of the Year
The PFA Team of the Year featured just three Manchester City players despite winning the title
The Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp also pipped Man City boss Pep Guardiola to the PFA Manager of the Year Award – and a disgruntled Silva could not understand the reasoning behind the City snubs.
Speaking to ESPN, Silva said: ‘Checking the Premier League Team of the Year every year and we never have the most players.
‘We don’t have the best manager, don’t have the best players, but we still win four Premier Leagues in five years. It just doesn’t make sense.’
Silva’s team-mate Phil Foden was a notable omission from the side after a stellar season at City
Barcelona manager Xavi has identified Silva as a key target this summer transfer window
PFA Team of the Year 2021-22
Alisson – Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea
Joao Cancelo – Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool
Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
There were a number of notable omissions from the City side, with Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden all enjoying stunning campaigns.
Silva has been included in the team twice during his five-year spell at the Etihad, receiving the accolade in 2018-19 and last season.
The midfielder boasted 12 goal contributions in 35 Premier League outings last term as City lifted the title on the final day.
Yet uncertainty looms over his future in Manchester, with Barcelona manager Xavi identifying the 28-year-old as a key target this summer.
Silva made a 12-minute cameo in City’s 2-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday, after Guardiola opted to deploy Ilkay Gundogan in a more advanced role alongside Kevin De Bruyne.
And the midfielder refused to rule out a potential departure from the Etihad amid interest from Barcelona.
Silva said: ‘I’ve always said that I’m happy here but I have no idea what’s going to happen. We’ll see, honestly.
‘My relationship with the club is very honest. I’ve been open with them and they know what I want.
‘If I stay, I’m very happy and I will always respect this club and give all my best. If not, it’s football and we’ll just see what happens.
Manchester City were forced to deny claims that they had accepted a bid from Barca for Silva, and the Portugal international will undoubtedly be instrumental to their fight on four fronts this season.