Bernabe joined City in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer after coming through the ranks at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.
The three-time Spain Under-17 international has since starred for Manchester City’s Under-23 side. Naturally a midfielder, Bernabe has been used just as much at left-back or on the left flank – playing 54 times for the 23’s.
The midfielder has now been released by Pep Guardiola’s side, who confirmed his departure on social media on Thursday.
“It’s time to put an end to one of the most beautiful stages in which I have lived,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Manchester has been my home for the past three years and I will always be grateful for everything you have given me as a person and as a footballer.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way. Especially my teammates from whom I learned a lot and all the staff who helped and guided me in the best possible way.
“Thank you all. I will be a citizen forever. “
The news was shared on Twitter by City Xtra, and it attracted plenty of attention from the fans, who took to the social media platform to share their thoughts on the speculation.
OH NO https://t.co/ntY56NB605— matheus poke 🇧🇷🇵🇹 (@omatheuspoke) July 1, 2021
Disappointed he didn't get a shot.— Thomas Lahti (@thomas_lahti) July 1, 2021
Loads of potential, really liked him.— Kushveer Singh (@kushveersingh14) July 1, 2021
Versatile player! All the best Bernabe 💙
Pep is driving all the talent away from the club. All he does is buy— js (@justice15454387) July 1, 2021
Hope he succeeds somewhere 💙— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) July 1, 2021
people will be gutted but tbh he wasn't good enough anyways. Wish him the best— ⚡ (@Ethan4707) July 1, 2021
It’s the problem with signing young players from la masia, they always eventually want to go back— 🇺🇦 (@okayokay12321) July 1, 2021
Good luck to him. Absolutely brilliant this season at LB for the EDS— LittleCiteh🇧🇼 (@LittleManCiteh) July 1, 2021
Good luck to him. Wish he succeeded at City but not everyone can make it. 😞— ⁹ (@JesusRoIe) July 1, 2021