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Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:12:00

Premier League target Bernard has made it clear to the South American press that he wants to stay at Atletico Mineiro but knows he will have done his job if he does leave after winning the Copa Libertadores.

The Brazil international, 20, is reportedly being chased by a number of European clubs including Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto, while Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund have previously been credited with an interest.

The winger acknowledges that his future is out of his hands and says Mineiro are currently mulling over a number of offers for his services.

He is not thinking about a possible move and for the moment would prefer to savour one of the proudest moments of his career, having helped Mineiro beat Paraguayan opponents Olimpia on penalties to be crowned as South American champions.

"I don't know what can happen with me, but if I leave, I know I will have done my job," he told Sportv.

"I have said a thousand times that I want to stay, but it doesn't depend on me now.

"I made it clear that, if I stay or not, I wanted to leave here with an important title. It's up to God to decide if I stay or not, up to God, [Atletico Mineiro's] presidency and the board."

Bernard added: "I am very happy and I want to celebrate this title, which is one of the most important ones I will have in my life.

"I'll keep working until the board decides something about the transfer. There are offers from English football, Shakhtar and Porto.

"I don't have anything to say about the fans. If I could, I would stay here the rest of my life."

The former Southend centre-back maintained his 100% record in pre-season games by appearing as a trialist in Rangers' 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening.

Mohsni's agent held talks with Rangers chief executive Craig Mather before the game and McCoist is optimistic a deal can be done to allow the player to sign for Rangers when their transfer embargo ends on September 1.

McCoist told the club's official website: "As ever, I'm very, very hopeful we can get something done. He's obviously a good player for us and came on in the second half to look solid and sound.

"I think the finances have led to a little bit of a stumbling block and I don't take much to do with that.

"All I know is the player wants to come, we certainly want the player and when two parties want the same thing you've always got a chance."

As McCoist plans to field some of his summer signings as trialists in competitive fixtures before the club can officially register them, Mohsni might not be able to feature until September.

McCoist, whose team kick off their season against Albion Rovers in a Ramsdens Cup tie at Livingston on Sunday, said: "It's far from ideal that we've a situation where certain players can only play in certain games and some can't play at all.

"I don't think we can play the trialists unless their registrations were in Scotland at their last clubs but I'm not sure on that.

"Whatever the situation, we've trained really, really hard and we've had a good level of opposition in our pre-season games.

"I think we are ready for the big kick-off on Sunday and we're really looking forward to getting our season under way."

The left-back, who was released by Hearts as he fought his way back from a cruciate ligament injury, played as a trialist in St Mirren's 4-2 friendly defeat at Queen of the South on Tuesday night.

The former St Johnstone and Dundee United player did not have his best night - two short headed passbacks led to team-mates conceding two penalties.

But Lennon realises the 26-year-old, a former team-mate at Gretna, cannot be expected to be at his best after being out since November.

Lennon told the club's official website: "He's been a long time out and he's a very good player. I've known the lad since he was a young boy at Gretna and he's a player that's always impressed me.

"He's wholehearted, he's got a lovely left foot on him, he defends well.

"There's going to be mistakes with the length of period he's been out but we'll sit down and sit with Danny and his representatives."

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