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'Silva Is The Best Portuguese Player In the EPL, Not Ronaldo'

Manchester City attacker Bernardo Silva is the best Portuguese player in the Premier League, not Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a former Arsenal star.

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Silva was linked with a departure from the Etihad before the start of the season after manager Pep Guardiola revealed that the midfielder was unhappy at the club.

The 27-year-old has since regained his spot in the side, however, and has netted seven goals in 14 league appearances, including a brace against Watford on the weekend, leaving former Gunners star Jack Wilshere impressed.

"His understanding of every role, he gets it right every time. He's the best Portuguese player in the Premier League," Wilshere told talkSPORT.

"Right now, Bernardo Silva is ahead of Ronaldo. I'm not saying he's a better player than him and done the things he's done.

"If we had a game tomorrow, I'd pick Bernardo."

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Darren Bent also hailed Silva's importance in Guardiola's set-up this season.

"I think he (Bernardo) is the first name on the (City) team sheet," he said.

"In terms of natural ability, you might say probably Jack (Grealish), but in terms of importance to this Manchester City side and where he plays, he can play false nine, holding midfielder, right or left.

"Before you talk about his ability on the ball, his work rate off it is what separates him. He puts a shift in every single game."

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