Arsenal fans can rest easy after in-form defender Hector Bellerin downplayed any possible move to Spain and his old club Barcelona in the future.
The 21-year-old is a product of Barcelona’s renowned youth academy that over the years has produced some notable football talent, including multiple Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and former Arsenal talisman Cesc Fabregas.
Since joining Arsenal in 2011, the Spain international has broken into Arsène Wenger’s starting XI and has remained an integral part of the Premier League side’s back four ever since. Consistently in form, some of Europe’s top clubs are keeping tabs on the right back, with the La Liga champions ranked among them.
While speculation on a possible move made the headlines over the summer, Bellerin, while speaking with the Evening Standard, has now played down talk of a move to his former club.
“If I wanted to play there[Barcelona] I would have stayed there. I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I’m not looking back, I’m just looking to help Arsenal.”
“It’s nice for a player to know that big teams want you, but I’m very happy here.
“I’ve still got three years left on my contract, so I’m just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal.”
Arsenal are flying high at the moment and are level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool on top of the table. Unfortunately, the defender is currently carrying a knock that could keep him out of the London derby against Tottenham this coming weekend.
The Gunners haven’t lost since their opening day defeat to Liverpool, while Spurs are yet to lose at all this campaign, albeit they have five draws to their name after ten games played.
Bellerin’s clarification regarding his intentions will no doubt come as a boost for Wenger’s side, a side laden with players firing on all cylinders and displaying all the ingredients needed to challenge for the title.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena