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BERNARDO PRAISES FATHER'S INFLUENCE

6 July 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo revealed that his father, a former Brazilian international with 19 caps, was one of the biggest driving forces behind his career.
 
Bernardo Fernandes da Silva represented his country on numerous occasions and made over 300 appearances in the Brazilian top flight, and Albion’s new recruit emphasised that he’d played a big part in shaping his progression.
 
He said, “My father played a lot of professional games for a number of clubs and for the Brazilian national side, so he was a big influence on me and my career from a young age.
 
“I was raised in a house that was surrounded by football and he’s been a big role that’s helped me make big choices with my life.”
 
The defender’s former side Red Bull Leipzig achieved a second-place finish in the German top flight during his first full campaign with the side in 2016-17, qualifying for the Champions League in the process.
 
The 23-year-old reflected on those achievements, and revealed he’d also faced a fellow summer arrival in the process.
 
“We had a great year in the 2016-17 season and it was a dream to be involved in, I’d say it would be similar to when Brighton & Hove Albion got promoted.
 
“That’s the nice thing about football and anything is possible – you can be realistic, but you always have to bear it in mind and believe you can achieve.
 
“Everyone likes to hear those stories in the game and that would be a big one for this club – we have to keep focused and then build on what they achieved last season.
 
“I’ve played against Leon Balogun in the Bundesliga too and he’s a really tough defender. He has lots of quality and plays for his national side as well, so he’ll bring a lot of quality and good things to the squad.”
 
Bernardo’s country occupies one of the FIFA World Cup’s final eight places in the competition, having reached the quarter-final stage courtesy of a 2-0 win over Mexico earlier this week.
 
Albion’s new defender has been out in Russia watching the fortunes of his country, and feels the tournament is wide open heading into the latter stages.
 
“I’ve been watching the World Cup and was actually out there the other week seeing Brazil – it’s been a really unpredictable tournament.
 
“I’m optimistic about how they’ll [Brazil] do and they have a good chance to win it, but so many people are saying that they can’t remember a tournament in the past that’s been this open. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

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