Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Bernard admits to finding life in Ukraine difficult
Bernard rejected interest from Porto and Arsenal last summer and the talented Brazil winger could hardly have imagined what he was letting himself in for.
According to a recent study, 471 young Brazilian footballers play in Europe. Whilst homesickness and cultural differences are considered the norm, the former Atlético Mineiro star has had to deal with civil war breaking out on his doorstep.
“It’s difficult. The situation is very tense,” Bernard admitted recently while on duty for the national team in South Africa in early March.
“We’ve taken the necessary precautions in case we need to catch an urgent flight out. We have air tickets ready, and have left our names at the embassy.”
Tensions have now increased so much in the region that Bernard, fearful of upsetting his club and local people, is now declining to comment on the volatile situation. However, he has indicated to those close to him that he does not feel he is in any immediate danger in the city.