Danny Mills has tipped Everton winger Bernard to leave the club next month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender claimed it would be very wise for the Toffees to move on the players on the periphery of their squad.
The Athletic report Everton are willing to let the Brazilian, 28, leave Goodison Park in January alongside defender Matty Pennington, midfielder Muhamed Besic and winger Yannick Bolasie.
The Liverpool Echo reported the Toffees rejected a £7million bid for Bernard in October with the winger given assurances about his role this season.
However, he has started just one Premier League game this season and made his first league appearance in almost a month in Everton’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Boxing Day.
Roma manager Paulo Fonseca worked with Bernard at Shakhtar Donetsk with the winger producing 17 goals in 66 games under Fonseca.
With opportunities limited on Merseyside, Mills has suggested a move away would be best for all parties.
He told Football Insider: “If the player wants to go and he’s not really involved, he’s on the periphery then it’s always a good idea to move players on.
“There’s always a balance of keeping players around and not being dictated to by the players.
“But you never want an unhappy camp in those instances.”
Bernard moved to Everton from Shaktar in August 2018 on a free transfer after his contract with the Ukrainian club expired.
Since his arrival, the 28-year-old has played 74 times for the Toffees but has found opportunities limited since Ancelotti’s appointment last year.