Everton informed Bernard that he is an important part of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and that the Toffees were keen to keep hold of him, amid late interest from AS Roma.
Bernard had been the subject of a late enquiry from Serie A side Roma, as per the Liverpool Echo. However, talks between the two clubs did not go any further and the deal, which could have been worth £7 million, did not get done.
The Brazilian forward still has two years remaining on the four-year deal he signed when he arrived at Goodison Park from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, and he will now remain at the club to fight for his place in the side, with James Rodriguez’s arrival having kept him out of their starting line-up so far.
The 28-year-old has not featured in the Premier League for the Toffees this season in their first four matches, but he has played twice in the Carabao Cup scoring one goal and registering one assist (via Sofascore).
Bernard was much more involved last season for Everton making 27 Premier League appearances, but only 15 of those were starts, as per Sofascore. Everton were reportedly willing to allow him to leave if they could have agreed a deal with Roma so he could have got more first-team football.
Keeping hold of Bernard is a positive for Everton as whilst he might not be the most prolific of forwards, he is a useful option to call upon from the bench or to fill in for injuries and suspensions. The 28-year-old has ability and can carry the ball up the field well, evidenced by his 60% dribble success rate last term (via Sofascore).
However, the Brazilian often lacks end product which is why he has now found himself out of the side following Rodriguez’s arrival at Goodison Park. Bernard could have got first-team football at Roma but, for now, he will continue to be an important member of Everton’s squad.
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