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Bernard: This is the year of the Galo

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Atlético Mineiro star Bernard is confident of a successful 2013 for his club, after telling fans “It’s the year of the Galo”.

Bernard, 20, was the revelation of the Brasileirão last season, and, along with former Barcelona star Ronaldinho, helped Atlético challenge for the title before finally finishing in second place.

The young attacking midfielder has already attracted interest from Europe, with the Belo Horizonte club turning down an €11.5 million offer from Russian club Terek Grozny.

But Atlético president Alexandre Kalil has promised not to sell any of their star player’s until at least the end of the Copa Libertadores in July, and Bernard hinted to fans via his Facebook page that he may stay even longer.

He said: “This is the year of Galo [Atlético’s nickname], you bet. May God illuminate our way into another cycle. We will be together for another year!

“I can only thank God for this year that has been so wonderful to me.”


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