Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani told me to join Manchester City - Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva might not be playing for Manchester City were it not for the influence of former Manchester United players Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

Silva, 23, completed a £43 million move from Monaco in the summer after impressing City boss Pep Guardiola in the Champions League last season.

The Portugal international was wanted by some of the top sides across Europe but the possibility of working with Guardiola was important in his final decision.

But Silva also said that he spoke to his Portugal teammates about the city of Manchester and life in the Premier League.

He previously told ESPN FC that he had consulted Ronaldo and Nani, who played at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, and has confirmed to FourFourTwo that they told him he would like it at City.

"When I was with Portugal at the Confederations Cup and about to sign, I asked Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani about the city. They told me how much they enjoyed it here," he said.

"They said that all of the people were great and that it's a real football city. The Premier League, too -- a competitive league with full stadiums each week and everyone watching. They both said it would be a great move."

Silva returned late from the Confederations Cup in the summer after being given time off and made his first start for City in their last game at Bournemouth before the international break.

He is enjoying his time at City already and believes he has seen enough in their squad that they can compete for silverware in Europe as well as domestically.

"The Champions League is more difficult to win," he said. "Of course, the Premier League isn't easy to win, but the Champions League has all of the best teams in Europe, so it's as good as it gets. Manchester City have never won it either, so I want to make history.

"We have a lot of young players with a lot of quality. Throw in some experience as well and we've got a team who can compete on all fronts.

"The Premier League title is a big goal for the club this season, but the Champions League is huge. When you're at a club like City, you have to fight to win every competition."