West Ham fans have been reacting to the news that Brazil international Bernard has opted for the mega bucks in China over a move to East London, and they’re convinced they’ve dodged a bullet.
According to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Bernard has opted to move to China when his Shakhtar Donetsk contract expires this summer.
The little 25 year-old has been linked with a move to West Ham as a possible replacement for the injured Manuel Lanzini, but it seems the allure of China’s mega money was just too much.
Bernard has 14 Brazil caps, and securing his signature on a free signing would have been an excellent way for the Hammers to atone for Lanzini’s injury without spending too much.
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The crafty little speedster grabbed three Champions League goals for Shakhtar last season, and his pace and skill would have certainly got fans off their seats at the London Stadium.
Fans think they’ve dodged a bullet though, as they want players who are 100 per cent committed to Manuel Pellegrini’s cause, not just looking for a big wage packet.
While moving to China isn’t the career suicide many make it out to be (just ask Paulinho), fans aren’t impressed by the playmaker’s decision, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Some Brazilians tends to have no ambition, like hulk for example. Just goes for the big payers
— Dan (@tictactonyeo) June 27, 2018
that’s his loss
— Lenny Sherwood (@SherwoodLenny) June 28, 2018
We need to get some young ambitious players in! No more mercenaries just looking for the biggest wage packet!
— Giesen (@Giesen12) June 28, 2018
That’s a way of saying, “I don’t want to play big boy football I just want lots of money”. Dodged a bullet there; Irons!
— Tack Hammer (@tack_hammer) June 28, 2018
Money money money lots of money
— ongarhammer (@MehlmanMel) June 28, 2018
Obviously in it for the money ?
— Oldhammer (@RogerCaxton) June 28, 2018