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Bernard Duarte 20

Everton made exciting Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernard their third major signing of the summer of 2018 when he put pen to paper on a four-year contract on transfer deadline day that August.

The 25-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Blues after electing not to extend his stay with Ukrainian Premier League champions, Shakhtar Donetsk.

He joined compatriot Richarlison at Goodison Park after the latter's £40m move from Watford the previous month

"I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me,” Bernard told evertontv after completing the deal.

“The manager made me feel confident about playing here. He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs."

The diminutive midfielder who hails from Belo Horizonte has had to work his way back to a level of critical acclaim after a fairly middling first season in the Ukrainian league and the taint of Brazil's humiliation at the hands of Germany at the World Cup four years ago.

Originally signed by Shakhtar from Atlético Mineiro for €25m as a replacement for Borussia Dortmund-bound Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2013, Bernard only managed to chip in with a couple of goals and seven assists in his first season but he was, nevertheless, selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2014 World Cup.

He featured in two of the three group games as the host nation qualified, as expected, for the knockout phase before injury to Neymar handed him another chance to shine in that fateful semi-final. Brazil were thrashed 7-1 in front of their own fans and the watching world, with Bernard as culpable as any for a lacklustre display and he has not featured for his country since.

In the interim, despite the reduced competitiveness of the league in Ukraine, where war and bankruptcies have whittled the field down to just a dozen teams, and a change in manager two years ago that saw Paulo Fonseca replace the successful Mircea Lucescu, Bernard eventually found his feet again.

Under Fonseca's system, the inventive attacking midfielder flourished in a freer role behind the forwards and he was a vital member of the Donetsk team that made it out of the group stages last season and played some memorable matches against the likes of Manchester City against whom Bernard scored with a beautiful curling strike from the edge of the area.

With his contract winding down and an offer of new terms unable to tempt him into staying at Shakhtar, a number of top-tier European clubs were credited with serious interest in acquiring him on a free transfer this summer. Both Milan clubs, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Chelsea were all said to have made contact but it was Everton who made their move to bring Bernard to the Premier League.

FactFile

Squad number 20
Position Attacking Midfield
Nationality Brazil
Born Belo Horizonte
Date of birth 8 September 1992
Height 5'-5"
Joined 9 August 2018
Joined from Shakhtar Donetsk
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee Free Transfer
Contract duration 4 years
Contract expires June 2022
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Previous Clubs Shakhtar Donetsk
Democrata (loan)
Atletico Mineiro
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 20 17 (9) 0 2 (0) 1 19 (9) 1
  Totals 17 (9) 0 2 (0) 1 19 (9) 1


Previous Career

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2013-18 Shakhtar Donetsk 96 14 61 16
2011-13 Atletico Mineiro 62 12 11 4



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