The Brazilian has moved to Goodison Park on the day of the expiration (image: Getty) The Brazilian winger Bernard has revealed the key role of Everton's boss Marco Silva in convincing him to move to Goodison Park despite Chelsea's offers , West Ham and AC Milan.
The twenty-five year old had been a free agent since he left Shakhtar Donestk at the end of last season and was overwhelmed by offers, particularly from the Premier League.
Chelsea tried to add the Brazilian to the team, and even offered him a contract, but in the end Bernard was influenced by the possibility of a more regular football under Silva's leadership at Everton.
Chelsea, West Ham and many other clubs have offered Bernard a contract (Getty) "I chose Everton for all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and because Everton is a club with a lot of tradition," Bernard said the club's official website.
"I'm historically among the four most successful clubs in England and when I heard about the club and what the manager wanted from me, I was happy.
"That's why I made the choice, because of the confidence that both the manager and the club have shown in me."
Asked in particular on his conversation with Silva, he continued: "I did not need much conviction.Everton is a great club with a great tradition and with all these factors in place, it was my choice.
Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes also joined Everton from Barcelona (Photo: Getty) "The manager made me feel confident he wanted to play here for what he did in the past, he's a great coach, he did great things, and Everton is a club with a great structure.
"Marco's words helped me a lot because having a coach who believes in his ideas is important, but I was also convinced that Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here."
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