Everton winger Bernard tells Atletico Mineiro fan he wants to return to Brazilian club
Everton winger Bernard has shared his desire to return to Atletico Mineiro in an exchange with a fan of the Brazilian club.
The 28-year-old rose through the ranks at the Belo Horizonte based side, spending four years as an academy player between 2006-10 before spending three years as a professional.
He then left for Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, enjoying a fruitful five-year spell there before he joined Everton in a free transfer in 2018.
On Tuesday morning, an Atletico Mineiro fan wrote on Twitter: “The thing is for Bernard to wear the shirt of another Brazilian team, that would leave me in eternal depression.”
Bernard replied via his personal Twitter profile. He wrote: “Rest assured, this happens only if they don’t want me.”
One more big move before Brazil?
Bernard has effectively issued a ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to Atletico Mineiro, suggesting he would only play for another Brazilian club if his old side didn’t want him.
The diminutive attacker has been consistently linked with an Everton exit over the past year, with his influence on the Blues becoming increasingly minimal.
He made 34 Premier League appearances in his maiden campaign, a figure that dropped down to 27 in 2019/20, and just 12 last season.
The Liverpool Echo recently reported that talks had begun over his exit this summer, with clubs in the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Greece all holding an interest in the Brazilian.
He could earn a lucrative deal by moving to one of those countries, while a transfer to the latter two may give him one last shot of European football in the Champions League or Europa League.
Therefore, it could be assumed that he will make one last big move before attempting to return to Brazil and Atletico Mineiro.