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‘It’s nice for a player to know that big teams want you’, Bellerin reacts to Barcelona links


Hector Bellerin has once again reiterated his desire to stay with Arsenal for a foreseeable future, downplaying recent reports in the media which claimed that the Spaniard might return to his boyhood club.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2011 from Barcelona and signed his first professional contract in 2013. He was sent on a season long loan to Watford the following season.

The Spaniard was initially called up to the first team to provide backup for Debuchy, but slowly took his chances and surprised one and all with his assured performances at right back, ultimately replacing the Frenchman as Wenger’s first choice.

Bellerin has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates stadium for the past few months and when queried about the same, the youngster responded in the best way possible.

Speaking to Evening Standard, he said:

If I wanted to play there 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.

I’m not in a rush to extend the contract. I’m happy. I’m comfortable. I want to be here a long time.

The clarity in his comments shows his maturity level, which often reflects in his game on the pitch. Even an experienced star might have struggled to respond to that query, but Bellerin just nailed it in the head preventing any further questions on the same.

He has been a revelation since bursting on to the scene two years back and has turned out to be one of the best right-backs all around Europe. His pace going forward is one of his lethal strengths and his defensive traits are also pretty strong.

It’s great to see such a sought after youngster committing his long term future to Arsenal and some part for making the club such a paradise for up and raising youngsters should go to Wenger. Hopefully, we can see many more such youngsters developing at the club.

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