Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes has rejected the opportunity to swap shirts with Manchester City star Bernardo Silva after the Champions League encounter

Matheus Nunes’ name became a hot topic of discussion when Pep Guardiola described him as ‘one of the best players in the world’, after Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Sporting in the Champions League round of 16 first leg.

A recent report also suggested City could ‘advance’ in their interest to sign the much-loved midfielder, with competition from Premier League clubs such as Newcastle and Everton.

However, the 23-year-old has once again made the news when it comes to Manchester City for different reasons this time around.

According to a recent report by the Portuguese newspaper A Bola, translated and relayed by Sport WitnessMatheus Nunes has rejected the opportunity to engage in a shirt swap with Bernardo Silva after the heavy defeat at Sporting CP.

Other details suggest that the Brazilian-born midfielder had informed the Manchester City man that he had ‘promised’ give his shirt to someone else.

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However, the report states that Nunes would be happy to do the shirt swap when he meets his compatriot during his international duty for Portugal.

It’s a testament to the talent of the Sporting talisman that a player of Bernardo Silva’s caliber went out of his way to swap shirts after the contest.

Nunes is certainly also appreciated within his club, with a €60million release clause attached to his name after signing a contract extension with the Portuguese giants.

It is important to mention that a recent report mentioned that Sporting were ‘unlikely’ demand as much, instead of being willing to let the player go for half the fee.

With Bernardo Silva and Pep Guardiola clearly assessing the talent of Matheus Nunes, it is expected that his name will continue to be associated with Manchester City for the near future.

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