Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo highlighted the importance of spending time with his family in Brazil over the summer months, and is now feeling fresh and ready for a second season in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old made 27 appearances for the Seagulls during his debut campaign in England after joining from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in July 2018.
After playing the full 90 minutes in each of Albion’s final four Premier League matches of the season, as they secured their top-flight status, Bernardo enjoyed some much-needed time away.
He said, “I’ve had a really good break. The end of the season was quite stressful for all of us because of the situation, but there was big relief at the end as we managed to reach our goal.
“It’s important for a player to go home and take a break, not just physically but also mentally. I used my time quite well and did some nice things.
“Me and my girlfriend went to America and visited New York, Los Angeles and Miami. We then went to Brazil and spent three weeks there.
“It was really important to see my family — it was something I missed because of the calendar in the Premier League, you don’t have two breaks.
“I went home just once during the season, because my mum didn’t come to England. I went for one-and-a-half days during an international break.
“But this time I could spend some quality time at home, it was amazing and I now feel completely recharged.”
Bernardo also revealed the difference in returning home as a Premier League player, in comparison to his previous journeys back to Brazil from Austria and Germany.
“When I used to play in Germany at Leipzig, we were fighting for a title and played in the Champions League, but in Brazil I walked in the streets and nobody recognised me.
“But this time many people stopped me and kids were coming to my table to take pictures.
“That’s the impact of playing for a club like Brighton in the Premier League — everyone is watching around the globe.”