OFFICIAL: Juan Bernat joins Benfica on season-long loan


Spain international and PSG left-back Juan Bernat is set to begin a new temporary chapter in his football journey as he goes on loan to Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, the club confirmed on Friday.

Bernat's football career started when he inked a deal with Valencia at the tender age of seven as a member of the club's academy. Fast forward 11 years, and the talented defender made his professional debut on Aug. 27, 2011, in a La Liga matchup against Racing de Santander.

During his three years at Valencia, Bernat accumulated 74 appearances, contributing three goals and seven assists to the team's cause.

The pivotal moment in Bernat's career came when he made the leap to Bayern Munich, where he enjoyed tremendous success. At the Bundesliga giants, Bernat won several major trophies, including the league titles of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, along with the 2016 DFB-Pokal.

While at Bayern, Bernat earned his first call-up to the Spanish national team, an occasion he took advantage of by scoring a goal against Luxembourg in October 2014.

In the summer of 2018, Paris Saint-Germain secured the services of the Spain international. Bernat made an immediate impact, featuring in 41 matches during his debut season and playing a pivotal role in securing the coveted Ligue 1 title. His brilliance extended to the Champions League, where he left an indelible mark, scoring crucial goals against Napoli, Liverpool, and Manchester United back then.

In five years at PSG, Bernat logged 128 appearances for the Parisian club with the Spaniard notching an impressive eight goals and 15 assists.

Furthermore, on the international stage, Juan Bernat has played 11 games while scoring one goal for La Roja.

Bernat will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Portuguese champions Benfica, aiming at conquering a new league after having won the French and German titles.

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