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Bernard: I'll Give Best Every Time I Wear This Shirt

Brazilian eager to add his skills to Everton's attacking play.

Bernard has vowed to play to his best every time he wears the Everton shirt as he steps up his match fitness.

The Brazilian forward, who arrived at Everton after leaving Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, is working his way back up to full speed after missing pre-season.

He has made three substitute appearances so far, after making his Toffees debut at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth in late August, with the most recent being his second-half introduction at Arsenal on Sunday.

Bernard, 26, is happy to remain patient as he looks to force his way into the starting XI but has reaffirmed his desire to give everything he can whenever he takes to the pitch as he continues to adapt to English football.

“If the coach believes I am ready, then that is my job and I will play to my ability and my strength,” he said. “Because it is not just us representing ourselves on the pitch, we are representing the Club and the fans.

“Every time I wear this shirt I will play to my best.

“It’s hard to tell [if I can play 90 minutes]. You can only tell when that match comes along.

“The Premier League is very, very different. The game is more tactical and physical. You don’t have as much time on the ball and you don’t have much time to think. 

“With Brazilian football, you have much more space. The Premier League is the best championship in the world. Everyone wants to be here and you learn a lot from English football.”

The former Atletico Mineiro midfielder admits he is eager to be a key part of Everton's exciting attacking outfit which has delivered 11 goals in seven games so far this term.

Bernard is itching to add his considerable array of tricks and skills to the Blues’ flowing football and is confident Marco Silva will help improve him as he steps up his involvement.

“Of course I want to part of it,” he added. "This is a collective game, not an individual one. If the coach wants me to start or come on as a sub, I’m still going to give my all because it is a team game.

“Every player should be able to listen to the manager’s tactics. Each coach has a different approach, different methods but as players we need to be able to input what the coach asks for, so individually everyone gets better.

“But it is very clear the way he asks for his ideas to be implemented.”

01:45 Mon 24 Sep 2018

Bernard: I'll Give Best Every Time I Wear This Shirt

Bernard has vowed to play to his best every time he wears the Everton shirt as he steps up his match fitness.

The Brazilian forward, who arrived at Everton after leaving Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, is working his way back up to full speed after missing pre-season.

He has made three substitute appearances so far, after making his Toffees debut at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth in late August, with the most recent being his second-half introduction at Arsenal on Sunday.

Bernard, 26, is happy to remain patient as he looks to force his way into the starting XI but has reaffirmed his desire to give everything he can whenever he takes to the pitch as he continues to adapt to English football.

“If the coach believes I am ready, then that is my job and I will play to my ability and my strength,” he said. “Because it is not just us representing ourselves on the pitch, we are representing the Club and the fans.

“Every time I wear this shirt I will play to my best.

“It’s hard to tell [if I can play 90 minutes]. You can only tell when that match comes along.

“The Premier League is very, very different. The game is more tactical and physical. You don’t have as much time on the ball and you don’t have much time to think. 

“With Brazilian football, you have much more space. The Premier League is the best championship in the world. Everyone wants to be here and you learn a lot from English football.”

The former Atletico Mineiro midfielder admits he is eager to be a key part of Everton's exciting attacking outfit which has delivered 11 goals in seven games so far this term.

Bernard is itching to add his considerable array of tricks and skills to the Blues’ flowing football and is confident Marco Silva will help improve him as he steps up his involvement.

“Of course I want to part of it,” he added. "This is a collective game, not an individual one. If the coach wants me to start or come on as a sub, I’m still going to give my all because it is a team game.

“Every player should be able to listen to the manager’s tactics. Each coach has a different approach, different methods but as players we need to be able to input what the coach asks for, so individually everyone gets better.

“But it is very clear the way he asks for his ideas to be implemented.”