Official: Bernard joins Everton on free transfer following Shakhtar departure

Deal done

Everton have completed a deal for former Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Bernard who has signed a four-year deal at the Toffees.

The Brazilian has been a name known by many over the past five years as he made waves initially with Atlético Mineiro.

He was then linked with several huge clubs including Tottenham but eventually joined Shakhtar Donetsk.

He’s had some impressive seasons over the and did so again last season when he impressed in the Champions League.

‘Fourth most successful club in England’

Now, he’s been speaking about his move to Everton and he’s claimed that Everton are the ‘fourth most successful club in England’.

“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 explained to the clubs website. 

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“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.

“Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy.

“That is why I made my choice, because of the confidence both the manager and the Club showed in me.

“I did not need any convincing to come here. I believe I will be able to show my best as a player here.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary’s Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Everton make move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo

Despite the window having now shut, the club could still make one more signing.

There was talk of a move for Marcos Rojo before the deadline and a deal sheet could have been submitted.

Click here to find out more about those initial reports over Rojo.