Brazil starlet linked with Arsenal and Spurs set to decide future after World Cup

Brazil International

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard is to wait until after the World Cup before deciding on a possible move to the Premier League according to a report.

The 21-year old signed for the Ukrainian champions in August 2013 for a reported €25million, scoring twice in 17 league appearances, as well as featuring in both the Champions League and the Europa League.

However, the Brazilian expressed a willingness to leave with the commencement of the Ukrainian revolution, announcing that arrangements had been made for a swift exit from the country should the situation intensify.

He is not thought to have fulfilled his potential in Eastern Europe, and the player has confirmed the desire still remains to play for a top European club.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur expressed interest in the winger before he signed for the Ukrainian giants, and now both clubs are prepared to offer in excess of £30million according to the Daily Express.

But the play-maker has claimed that he will not focus on his future whilst he is with the Brazil squad at the World Cup, letting his representatives conduct any potential business with the Premier League clubs.

He said: "I made it clear since I arrived [to join the national team] that I won't comment about the possibility of a transfer as I am focused on the World Cup," Bernard said.

"I leave my off the field situation to be handled by those who have the right to do so without me.

"I don't know [what will happen] after the World Cup, I have people to handle the off the field things."

It is unlikely that Bernard will play a starring role at the World Cup, with the talent of Oscar, Neymar, Hulk and Fred all but guaranteed starting-spots. However, he is expected to feature as an impact sub, late in games, to overload the tiring legs of the opposition.

This limited role may diminish any former interest in the player, potentially reducing the fee that the North London rivals will have to pay to secure his services.

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