Tottenham target speaks on transfer speculation

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Reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Bernard has insisted that he is in no rush to leave current employers Atletico Mineiro.

The 20-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Brazilian football and wants to play a part in the club’s Copa Libertadores campaign, which is the South American equivalent of the Champions League.

Bernard admits that his long-term future will probably lie away from Atletico Mineiro, but for the time being wants to try and deliver silverware for his side.

Bernard told Globo Esporte: “There is no chance I will leave before the Libertadores.

“I have made that clear to Atletico. If they want to sell me, do so after the Libertadores. I want to make history at this club.

“There is nothing right now, just speculation.

“The club’s president has said I am unlikely to stay, that it will be hard to keep me, so I am waiting on a decision.

“If he decides something, we will sit down and talk and decide what is best for everyone.”

Atletico president Alexandre Kalili is reluctant to be drawn on Bernard’s future at this stage, telling Superesportes: “I won’t talk about this. I will only talk when he is sold.”

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