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Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has revealed the touching reason behind his dog being named after his City team-mate John Stones.
The midfield maestro's French bulldog is named John – just like the City defender.
And Silva opened up on how his close bond with England star Stones helped his furry friend get his name.
Silva told the Manchester City website: "We really wanted to have a dog, and he was named after my friend, John Stones, because we're very close and I always said to him that one day if I had a dog, I would call him 'John'.
"It's actually a great name. We love it and Ines [Silva's partner] agrees with it. I think it suits him; he's a beautiful boy and is very intelligent."
Despite being linked with a transfer away from the Etihad in the summer, Silva has been showing his pedigree on the pitch for City this season.
The Portugal star has lit up the Premier League this term and has been one of City's star performers.
Silva has already racked up seven goals in just 14 league games this season – matching his highest goal tally for a Premier League season before Christmas.
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It seems inevitable that the 27-year-old will go on to record his best-ever season in front of goal for City this year.
His stunning form has seen him become practically immune to City boss Pep Guardiola's infamous rotation policy.
After starting the season on the bench for City's 1-0 loss to Tottenham, Silva has started every single league game since; completing 90 minutes on all but two occasions.
It seems practically impossible for Guardiola to leave Silva out right now due to his sizzling form.
And the Spaniard lavished his midfield maestro with praise after his stunning goal of the season contender in last week's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
“He is the best," Guardiola said. "He was the best two or three seasons ago. He was the best then too. He has a special ability to do whatever he wants with the ball. Against a good goalkeeper, it was an incredible finish.
“You have to go back to when we won with 98 points, review the videos, you will see the same player like this right now."
- Pep Guardiola
- Premier League
- Manchester City FC
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