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Manchester City's Silva would love to see Kylian Mbappe in light blue

By Matt McGeehan

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva says he would love former Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe to join him at the Etihad Stadium.

Teenager Mbappe was a revelation for Monaco last season in their title-winning Ligue 1 campaign and during their run to the Champions League semi-finals.

He has attracted interest from a host of major clubs across Europe, with City among those reportedly admiring the 18-year-old striker.

Silva swapped Monaco for City over the summer and the Portuguese will leave it up to his new employers to decide if they want to reunite him with France international Mbappe.

"I haven't spoken to Mbappe - but he is a great player as well," Silva said.

"I would love to have him here, and you never know, but that is for City to decide."

Speaking after Manchester City won 3-0 against West Ham in Reykjavik on Friday, Silva said of Mbappe: "He can be a superstar - in fact, I think he is already a little bit of a superstar.

"He is a great player to play with because he is so intelligent with his movement. He can be one of the best in the world very soon."

Meanwhile, Dani Alves opted to join Paris St Germain instead of Manchester City after conferring with fellow Brazilian Neymar. The right-back appeared to be on the verge of joining the Blues last month - who have since added Kyle Walker and Danilo in his position.

But the former Barcelona man decided on the French capital after leaving Juventus - and has pointed to the fact he would be teaming up with his superstar countryman as a key reason.

Neymar joined PSG from Barca for a stunning €222miillion and Alves said: "I talked to him about the possibility [that Neymar would joinPSG].

"He recommended me to come here.

"He suggested that I came to the club. I said I wanted to leave Juventus, and he was thinking of coming here.

"Neymar coming changes PSG's position for sure.

"It inevitable that there are expectations. His greatness brings all that.

"There is anticipation because of the football he plays and his will to show it to the world. You take a giant step when you have a player of this level to play against the other teams. This team will get a quality leap forward."

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