Bernard explains why he chose Everton over return to Brazil

Bernard of Everton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Bernard was signed by Everton after his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk expired.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Bernard during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on October 11, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Bernard has told Brazilian outlet UOL that he turned down a number of clubs from his home country, including Palmeiras, to move to the Premier League and sign for Everton.

The 26-year-old joined Everton as a free agent after his contract at Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk had expired, and was the subject of interest from plenty of clubs.

But the attacking midfielder decided to move to Merseyside, despite reported interest from West Ham United and Manuel Pellegrini earlier in the transfer window. He signed a deal that will keep him at Everton until 2022.

 

Speaking in his home country, Bernard spoke of offers from Brazil but stated that he chose Everton because he felt he wanted to remain in European football.

“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," Bernard said.

"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 it wasn’t the time to go back. I still wanted European football.”

Bernard of Everton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

The 14-time Brazil international has made six appearances for Everton since joining Marco Silva's side but it is obvious that he is lacking in match fitness. 

However, he he has begun to show signs of returning to his true form, with two assists in two games against Fulham and Leicester City and he could be in line to start The Toffees' next outing.

Everton play host to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park, as they look to build on what has been a fairly average start to the season with only 11 points from eight league games.

Bernard of Everton is challenged by Daniel Amartey of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on October 6, 2018 in...

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