Bernard's agent speculates over player exit

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Athletico Mineiro star Bernard might be on the move this summer after his agent, Adriano Spadoto, dropped hints that the Brazilian might have played his last match for the club following their fixture against Olimpia.

The 20-year-old helped his side register a 2-0 win over Olimpia in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final at the Estadio Independencia, going on to lift the trophy after penalties before a jubilant home crowd.

After the match, his agent tweeted : "Congratulations, Bernard. Double-winner! Confederations Cup, Libertadores... the perfect farewell."

Bernard has attracted a lot of interest this summer following his glowing performances for Mineiro last season, with a number of Premier League clubs hoping to land his signature.

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign the wing-man but other European clubs are also keeping tabs on developments regarding the player.

Though his agent's tweet very much suggested that he was set to move elsewhere, the player himself was not so forthcoming.

"I do not know what will happen to me from tomorrow," he said.

"If I stay or not, I have made it clear that I wanted to leave here with a big title, so I have fulfilled my goal, which I promised to fulfil.

"It is upto God to decide if I stay or not, it's up to God and also the presidency, to Alexandre Kalil, to the board."

Having won the South American Club Championship, Athletico Mineiro will now get the chance to come up against the likes of Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup in December and the Brazilian club might be reluctant to let go of their star man who along with Ronaldinho was one of the main reasons for their wonderful run last season.

The diminutive playmaker appeared 36 times for the Belo Horizonte side last season scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 11 in the Brasileiro league, inviting attractive glances from a lot of European clubs.

His club form saw him bag a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the Confederations Cup, which Brazil won last month.


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