Everton winger Bernard has insisted the entire squad passionately believe it is ‘the right thing to do” in taking a wage cut to help struggling families.
The Brazil international is one of many Blues players who agreed to take a wage deferral of up to 50 per cent, during a tough time for the club, and many of their workers who are still being paid in full despite the lockdown.
The deferral means not only that Everton can continue to pay ALL staff, even as they face the financial headache of matches without match-day income, but also continue to fund their ground-breaking community projects, which help many under-privilidged families.
And the Brazilian insisted it was the only thing he and most of the team thought to do.
“Right now, we need to think about everybody, to stop to think about the people who are really in need,” he said to the club’s website.
« I’ve been able to help those requiring food and was also able to help the Club; not just me, all the players were prepared to help and I think it was a really good and important initiative from everybody.
The Everton squad have deferred 50 per cent of their wages
“I also understand the Club’s situation. Helping someone who needs food or a club that needs help at this time is very rewarding for me.
“In Brazil people lost their jobs, or don’t have money to buy food. Any help I can give people who are in need makes me very happy.”
Bernard is adamant that every single worker at Everton Football Club feels part of something bigger.
And he explained that the decision by the players was taken, in part, to show solidarity with all the staff at the club, and with the wider Blues community that supports the team and the club.
For the Brazilian, it means being part of a club determined to be successful on and off the pitch: “I believe all us players have this determination and desire for Everton to be a winning team,” he added.
Bernard has been in fine form for Everton this season
“I think this determination needs to come from the security guards at the entrance to Finch Farm to Carlo Ancelotti, the board and the Chairman.
“This desire and will to win and positivity need to come from all of us.
“It’s not just feeling and having this desire, it’s also about effort and giving our everything on the pitch in training and games for this to happen.
“We have a manager who is a proven winner and has this desire to win and I believe we are being guided very well by the right person.”