Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo spoke about his dream to play for Brazil, and hopes that his displays in the Premier League will one day enable him to be in contention for a place in the squad.
The full-back has put in a number of impressive displays for the Seagulls in recent weeks, and explained he is focused on continuously improving to try and fight his way into the Seleção side.
He said, “It’s my biggest goal and the thing I’ve been aiming for since a young kid, and that is to represent my country.
“This is Brazil and it’s one of the hardest national teams to break into, but if you do a good job in the Premier League, then hopefully that will help.
“I’m aware that I need to develop and I still need some to get there.
“I think I’m moving in a good way and developing slowly, but if you look at the players that are playing for Brazil like Marcelo and Alex Sandro, they are at a level above and I know that.
“But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep working hard and won’t reach this level someday.”
Attention moved back to Albion and this Saturday’s game against Southampton, and Bernardo highlighted the importance of not setting specific points targets to avoid complacency in their bid to beat the drop.
“It’s a big game. We are very close to each other in the table and three points would make our situation in the Premier League much more comfortable.
“It will certainly be difficult as all the matches in the Premier League are, but we’ll be prepared to do a good job.
“When you start to relax, things can get very difficult. We should keep focused and not think that three, six or nine points will be enough and just try to get as many as possible.”
The Brazilian also reflected on his first season in the Premier League as a whole, and feels proud of the way he’s adapted to such a tough and competitive division.
“There have been some good and bad moments, but I’m really enjoying it. There were moments in the beginning, especially against Watford, that were a shock because of the level of the league and understanding how things worked.
“Then I spent a number of games on the bench, but still trained very hard to be prepared for the next time I got a chance.
“I studied the game, listened to what the gaffer was telling me and since then I got more chances, had the injury, and then it became much more comfortable.
“It’s very overwhelming to think that I am of a Premier League level. That is the most difficult competition in the world.”