Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has finally ended speculation over his future with the news that he has put to pen to paper on a six-year contract extension with the Gunners.
Despite having two years left on his current deal, interest from former club Barcelona and Premier League rivals, Manchester City, saw Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger move to close the door on prospective suitors with the offer of a long term deal that offered the 21-year-old double his current salary.
The plan has now paid off as, according to the Daily Mail, Bellerin has committed his future to the London club until 2022, in a deal that will see him earn in the region of £100,000, inclusive of bonuses.
The news will come as a boost to Arsenal as there had been real fears that the man regarded as the future of the right-back position could potentially leave in the coming months. Now, with his future secured, Wenger can continue to build upon a squad that, this season, shows all the signs of being true, season long, title contenders.
Bellerin joined the Gunners back in 2011 from Barcelona’s famed youth academy. In the seasons that followed he developed into a reliable presence in defence and ultimately secured his place in Wenger’s starting XI in 2014. Since then he has gone on to become one of Arsenal’s most important assets on the field.
With the Spain international rubber stamping his commitment to Arsenal, fans will be hoping that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will do likewise in the coming weeks.
Confidence in their Arsenal futures would certainly give all and sundry a timely boost as the Premier League season enters a critical phase.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena