In the summer Brazilian sensation Bernard was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Premier League clubs.
Arsenal were even claimed by French newspaper L'Equipe to have sealed his signature ahead of Tottenham, but when all was said and done it was a lucrative offer from Shakhtar Donetsk which persuaded him, signing a deal until 2018
On the pitch life in Ukraine has required an adjustment period for the Copa Libertadores winner, who has one goal from the left wing and seven assists in 17 appearances.
It was enough to see him called up into the Brazil squad for their upcoming friendly with South Africa this week, but he readily admits it is non-footballing matters right now which are causing him great concern.
The unrest in Ukraine has Bernard worried about his safety, and he has revealed he is already plotting an exit from the country should war break out.
He told Brazilian newspaper O Globo: "It's complicated, the situation is tense there. So far the violence was far, but protesters have arrived in Donetsk. We have already taken the necessary steps. We left our names in Brazilian Consulate and we already have passage (undated) to leave the country.
Bernard lives in Ukraine with his father and cousin and says staying focused is tricky given the events of the past fortnight.
"We now live worried, you do not know what to expect. It's hard to concentrate, but I try as much as possible, stay quiet in order to do my job."
The negative is that he believes any 'escape' would only be temporary: "I do not now have a chance to leave. The president made a very large investment in my hiring."
He went onto reveal that international teammate Willian, who left for Anzhi last January before signing for Chelsea months later, has his own worries despite now being based in London.
"He is is also concerned about the situation in Ukraine. He has many friends in Donetsk and expects everything to be resolved before a bloodbath happens, as has occurred in the capital. In the period when he served in the country, had no such problems."
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