Bernard wants Atlético Mineiro return one day
Everton winger Bernard says he wants to return to his boyhood club Atlético Mineiro one day and preferably not when he is too old.
The 27-year old grew up as a Galo fan in Belo Horizonte and won the Copa Libertadores with them in
2013, shortly before joining Shakhtar Donetsk.
“I feel like going back, yes. It is my priority. I aim for that,” he told TV Galo. “When we say that, most people say: "You will come back when you are old, so we don't want to.
I have in mind that I want to go back to Atlético and be good. I don't want to go back in a moment when I won't be able to give what I always gave. To run, work hard, score goals and to give joy.”
Bernard was a teammate of Ronaldinho at Atlético, something the Brazilian says gave him great joy. “He is a guy who was always an idol to me, a guy I always watched.
“A guy I had a great affection for without knowing him, and I have even more after playing with him. It was a special moment at Atlético to be able to have experienced all this.”