Chelsea dealt blow in Frank Lampard replacement chase

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Reported Chelsea target Bernard says he intends to stay at Atletico Mineiro as long as he feels 'valued' by the Brazilian club, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been recently linked with a move to the Premier League, with the Blues believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

With club veteran Frank Lampard set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to provide funds for a replacement in the middle of the park, and Bernard has been identified as the man to fill the void.

A move to west London for the talented South American would see him join a growing contingent of Brazilians, with Ramires, Oscar, David Luiz and Lucas Piazon already plying their trade under Rafa Benitez.

Their presence would undoubtedly make a drastic change in culture easier for Bernard to cope with, but the youngster has intimated that he's not thinking about a transfer, and remains fully focused on life with Atletico Mineiro.

"Wherever I am, they always ask me if I'll stay," he told Lancenet. "I'm pretty calm about that. Atletico Mineiro and the agents don't have to pay attention only to their interests. They have to pay attention to mine too.

"I'll have the last word, but I'll demand that I'm more valued by the club. Many mention (Brazil and Santos forward) Neymar, who is very valued.

"We know the football career is short. I'm not being a mercenary, but I need some stability. So I'll want to be valued in order to stay. But I'll leave that to [Atletico Mineiro's president Alexandre] Kalil."

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