Brazilian outlet UOL today features a good interview with Bernard, in which he talks about the decision to join Everton and the good time he’s having in England.
After spending five years at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, the winger claims he’s now finally having the exposure he needed after moving to a Premier League club.
“I’ve been a long time practically hidden in Shakhtar, with only six Champions League games a year to be seen,” Bernard told UOL.
“In England it’s different, because the whole world watches the Premier League. It’s time for me to enjoy, and place on the pitch what I know and offer the best for Everton.”
Before accepting the Toffees’ offer, Bernard had been negotiating with Brazilian clubs to return to his home country. He’s talked about the chance to join Palmeiras, which collapsed when Everton joined the race.
“Palmeiras are a huge club and have been doing very well in all competitions. They left the Brazil Cup, but made an excellent campaign. Several clubs in Brazil came to me, but I thought it wasn’t the time to go back. I still wanted to enjoy European football.”
And while Bernard waits for a new chance in the national team, there’s a teammate he can support for Brazil for now: “I have to take one step at a time, I’m at Everton for almost two months, it’s very little time. I need to focus here first for, who knows, things happen naturally.”
“Of course, any player who is called up one day and then not again, has the desire to return to the national team. I will work at Everton and meanwhile, cheer for Richarlison, who’s doing very well with Brazil’s shirt.”