BERNARDO has revealed he loves the intensity of the Premier League.

Now he can’t wait to get back in the thick of it after a summer break.

Albion’s popular Brazilian left-back headed back across the Atlantic to holiday in Los Angeles admitting the full-on nature of his new league was an eye-opener.

But he is convinced he will be physically and mentally stronger when the campaign kicks off again.

Bernardo told The Argus: “I think I’m far more comfortable with the intensity of the game now as opposed to last year.

“I had to step up my physical condition, my strength and stamina.

“It was also a different situation for me as a person.

“I was used to playing for teams that were fighting at the top of the table before I came here, but it was good experience for me that will make me a better player.

“It’s a different type of pressure when you’re fighting to stay in a league as opposed to going for a league title or pushing for Europe, so it’s heavier.”

Bernardo, 24, will be among the players looking to impress new head coach Graham Potter when they arrive back for pre-season.

He added: “The team reached its main goal of survival and I played enough matches, especially at the end, and I feel I have adapted so I think it’s positive.

“Now I can work on this base and do even better.”