Juan Bernat came in as a recreational project for a Paris Saint-Germain club looking for cheap options following the transfers of Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé in 2017.
However, in two seasons with Les Parisiens, the Spaniard has revitalized his career and has become the starting left-back after taking the position away from Layvin Kurzawa.
The 27-year-old sat down with So Foot, where the two main talking points were the emotions heading into the return fixture against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League and his future in Paris.
Despite there being no fans for that match at the Parc des Princes, Bernat and his teammates saw the Ultras as they headed into the stadium. The left-back credits the fans with providing the squad’s energy that historic night, not only as they entered the Parc, but during the match as the Ultras were heard throughout the game from outside.
“When we arrived at the stadium and we saw them around the Parc des Princes, it gave us crazy energy. You could even hear their encouragement from the lawn,” Bernat said.
“This passion is magnificent, all the same. It is to live moments of communion like those seen after the qualification that we play football. It really makes you want to relive beautiful evenings like that.
Finally, it seems as though Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, will bring in some competition for Bernat. Whether it’s Lucas Hernandez or Alex Telles, there will be someone else competing for minutes alongside the Spain international.
Nonetheless, Bernat sees himself staying in Paris as he’s already taking classes to better his French.
“I want to stay for a long time in Paris. I like the city, the club. I want to settle down over time here. But I will have to learn French. It looks like a mix between Spanish and Catalan, but I am far from mastering it,” Bernat said. “I spoke German better than French. It will come. I’m taking classes, but I’m going to have to invest a little more. For the moment, I am not very consistent in this area.”