Bernard
Personal information
Full name Bernard Mensah
Date of birth (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beşiktaş
(on loan from Kayserispor)
Number 43
Youth career
2010−2012 Feyenoord Ghana
2012−2013 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Vitória Guimarães B 26 (9)
2014–2015 Vitória Guimarães 30 (5)
2015–2019 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2015–2016Getafe (loan) 8 (0)
2016–2017Vitória Guimarães (loan) 21 (0)
2017–2018Kasımpaşa (loan) 30 (5)
2018–2019Kayserispor (loan) 24 (3)
2019− Kayserispor 23 (5)
2020−Beşiktaş (loan) 31 (4)
National team
2015– Ghana 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:25, 11 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 January 2020

Bernard Mensah (born 17 October 1994) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Beşiktaş on loan from Kayserispor.

Club career

Vitória Guimarães

Born in Accra, Bernard joined Vitória de Guimarães' youth setup in 2012, after starting it out at Feyenoord Ghana.[1] He made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2012–13 campaign, scoring nine goals and earning promotion to Segunda Liga.[2]

On 4 July 2014 Bernard renewed his contract until 2018,[3] being promoted to the main squad on the 18th.[4] He made his professional – and Primeira Liga – debut on 16 August, starting and scoring his side's second in a 3–1 away win against Gil Vicente FC.[5]

Seven days later, Bernard scored a brace in a 3–0 home success over FC Penafiel.[6] His fourth league goal came on 14 September, netting through a penalty in a 1–1 draw against FC Porto also at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.[7]

Bernard was linked to a possible move to Manchester United in May 2015,[8] being also a target of Juventus and Valencia CF.[9] He finished his first season in the Portuguese top flight with 30 appearances and five goals, with his side finishing fifth.

Atlético Madrid

On 22 July, Bernard moved to Atlético Madrid on a six-year deal,[10] being immediately loaned out to fellow La Liga side Getafe CF for the 2015-16 season.[11]

Vitória de Guimarães (loan)

On 18 August 2016, Mensah returned to Vitória de Guimarães on a season-long loan deal.[12]

Kayserispor

Mensah spent the 2018/19 season at Kayserispor on loan from Atlético Madrid with an option to buy. He played a total of 28 games and scored four goals. Kayserispor redeemed Mensah's buying option in May 2019.[13]

International career

On 8 June 2015, Mensah made his debut for Ghana in a match against Togo, scoring the only goal of the game.[14]

Honours

Club

Beşiktaş J.K.

References

  1. ^ "Prospecção: Bernard Mensah" [Prospect: Bernard Mensah] (in Portuguese). A Vida de Futebol. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Vitória de Guimarães B regressa à II Liga" [Vitória de Guimarães B returns to II Liga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 8 June 2014. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Bernard Mensah renova até 2018" [Bernard Mensah renews until 2018] (in Portuguese). Record. 4 July 2014. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Ghanaian youngster Bernard Mensah promoted to Portuguese side Guimaraes' first team". Ghana Soccernet. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "V. Guimarães vence em Barcelos" [V.Guimarães wins in Barcelos] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 16 August 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Ghanaian teenager Bernard Mensah bags brace for Vitoria Guimaraes in Portuguese top-flight". Ghana Soccernet. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Four goals in four games: Ghanaian starlet Bernard Mensah scores against FC Porto in Portuguese top-flight". Ghana Soccernet. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Manchester United 'transfer target Bernard Mensah confirms negotiations are in place'". Metro. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Bernard Mensah: Why Man Utd, Juventus and Valencia are chasing the Ghana starlet". Ghana Soccernet. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Acuerdo con el Vitoria Guimaraes para el fichaje de Bernard Mensah" [Agreement with Vitória Guimarães for the transfer of Bernard Mensah] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid's official website. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Bernard cedido al Getafe" [Bernard loaned to Getafe] (in Spanish). Getafe's official website. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Agreement with Vitoria de Guimaraes for the loan of Mensah". Atlético Madrid's official website. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  13. ^ DONE DEAL: Bernard Mensah leaves Atletico Madrid for Kayserispor, tribalfootball.com, 27 May 2019
  14. ^ "Bernard Mensah scores a screamer for Ghana". AllSports. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.