Tottenham transfers: Atletico Mineiro expect Bernard to leave this summer

Tottenham transfers: Atletico Mineiro manager Cuca says he expects Spurs target Bernard to leave the club this summer

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Atletico Mineiro expect Brazil international Bernard to leave this summer amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the club’s manager Cuca.

The 20-year-old, along with fellow Brazilians Leandro Damiao and Paulinho, has been heavily linked with Spurs as Andre Villas-Boas looks to bolster his attacking options during the current transfer window.

Bernard was part of Luis Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad which won the Confederations Cup on Sunday night after a 3-0 victory over Spain in the final.

And Atletico Mineiro manager Cuca reckons the Campeonato Mineiro winners will struggle to hold onto the highly-rated attacking midfielder beyond the summer.

Cuca told UOL: “Atletico Mineiro won’t be able to keep Bernard, but this is natural.

“We have to take advantage of having him in Libertadores and if he leaves, as it seems it will happen, it’s up to us to develop another player like him.”

Bernard has scored 34 goals in 111 appearances for Atletico Mineiro after coming through the club’s youth ranks.

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