Leaving Barcelona and joining Arsenal was the right decision, according to one of the Premier League’s outstanding breakthrough performers of the season – Hector Bellerin.
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The 20-year-old has had a great season in an Arsenal shirt, becoming a first-team regular after injuries to Mathieu Debuchy presented him with a chance to make a claim for a place in the side.
Bellerin has certainly not let Arsene Wenger down, and the young Spaniard now insists his breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium justifies his decision to leave former club Barcelona earlier in his career.
Like Cesc Fabregas, Bellerin decided to quit the Nou Camp as a 16-year-old to try and further his career by moving away from his comfort zone, and he is very happy to have made that move to north London.
Although the starlet is confident he could have broken into the Barca first-team as well, he feels he can have no regrets over deciding to play for another of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“Some people prefer to stay at home in their comfort zone but I felt that the right thing to do was to come to England and take up a new challenge,” Bellerin is quoted in The Sun.
“It was a difficult decision in terms of having to leave my family and friends, moving to a new country and learning another language.
“I didn’t know at the time how it was going to work out but now I am really glad I took that risk.
“If I had stayed at Barcelona, I don’t know where I would be now.
“Some of my team-mates from that time are now playing in the Spanish second division and will probably get relegated again.
“I am playing in the Premier League and the Champions League for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and now I have the FA Cup final to look forward to. How can I have any regrets?”