Bernard: I want to stay with Atlético Mineiro until after Club World Cup
Atlético Mineiro star Bernard has revealed he wants to remain with the Copa Libertadores champions until after the Club World Cup in December.
The Brazilian outfit qualified for the competition after beating Paraguay's Olimpia on penalties last week to lift South America's elite club trophy, which was widely expected to be the 20-year-old’s last game for the club.
However, Bernard has now spoken of his desire to remain in Belo Horizonte until at least the January transfer window, like Lucas Moura.
The winger agreed a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last summer but opted to stay with São Paulo for an extra six months in order to compete in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, and Bernard admits he would prefer this sort of deal.
"We are studying the possibility that I could stay until the end of the year," he is quoted as saying by UOL.
"I do not necessarily want to go, if an opportunity presents itself, I could sign and join the team in January. I want to play at the Club World Cup and win the title with Atlético.
"I want to resolve this situation as quickly as possible because it is becoming annoying. Yes of course, I want to stay."
Bernard has been strongly linked with moves to Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Arsenal in recent weeks and recently admitted that Wednesday’s Brasileirão fixture against Atlético Paranaense could be his last game for the club.