Bernard reiterates desire to leave Shakhtar Donetsk

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Brazilian international Bernard has reiterated his desire to leave Shakhtar Donetsk just one year after joining them from from Atletico Mineiro.

The 20-year-old has obviously been affected by the political issues straining Ukraine at the moment and has already confirmed he is ready to leave if offered the chance.

Bernard himself confirmed that both Arsenal and Tottenham were interested in the player before he moved to eastern Europe.

He signed a five-year deal with Shakhtar but it is looking less and less likely that he will see out that contract, at least, if he has his way.

The pacy midfielder is now with Brazil for the World Cup campaign, but he confirmed that his future will be assessed once the tournament is over.

Quoted in the Daily Express, Bernard said of his time at Shakhtar: "There is a large turnover of players that pleases no one in the squad.

"In Brazil I was used to playing on Wednesdays and Sundays and in Shakhtar I have not played more than 25 games so far.

"Playing very little is hard for me, it's complicated. I hope this will change.

"After the World Cup, I leave my future in God's hands."

As previously mentioned, Bernard recently confirmed that both Tottenham and Arsenal had enquired about his services whilst at Atletico, but confirmed Shakhtar launched the biggest offer.

We had offers from Tottenham," he said, "and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn't have the money."

Arsene Wenger and managerless Tottenham are both looking to strengthen significantly in the transfer window and may be encouraged to revitalise their interest in the Brazilian international. His stock has fallen significantly in the last year, and both the Gunners and Spurs would likely offer less than the £21.5m Shakhtar paid for him.

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