Since he joined Bayern Munich in he summer of 2014, Juan Bernat has been a relatively shy figure in the media. While he has been learning German, the 23 year old gives very few interviews, likely due to his comfortable proficiency in the language. However, he did speak with FIFA’s YouTube channel before the end of the 2015-16 season for an interview.
(If you want wonderful soccer related videos to watch, FIFA’s YouTube channel is unbelievably great.)
Bernat explained how he came to join Bayern.
"It was the end of the season and my contract was coming to an end. I got offers from several teams including several teams in Spain, but I was with Valencia and I didn't want to leave for another Spanish club. Then, I got an opportunity from this amazing team with Pep Guardiola, who called me. And, being realistic, I couldn't say no to a great club like this one. I knew it would be difficult. It was a very strong team, one of the best in the world, so the competition is really fierce. It's tricky. In fairness, the coach has shown a lot of trust in me, and I think I've repaid him in every game I've played."
While joining a club like Bayern was an easy decision to make, Bernat is open about missing Spain. "It was difficult at first, because it's all new. It's a new city, a new language, and then there's the weather,” he said. “That's something I really miss.”
How did Pep Guardiola’s announcement that he would be leaving Munich for Manchester City affect Bernat?
"In football, teams change coaches, and Pep wanted to leave. It was his decision, and I have to respect it. Guardiola is very professional and won't be thinking about Manchester City yet. He's totally focused on Bayern and on finishing the season well. When it comes to the end of the season, then he'll start thinking about Manchester."
Bernat talks more in the interview about moving from winger to left back, Carlo Ancelotti joining Bayern, and his hopes with Spain.