Hector Bellerin has committed his future to Arsenal by insisting that he has no interest in rumours linking him with a return to Barcelona.
The 21-year-old has become a crucial part of Arsene Wenger’s plans at the Emirates, earning the right to be called one of the best right-backs in the world.
However, despite his rise to prominence with the Gunners, speculation suggested that he could be keen on a return to Barca, but he’s moved to dismiss that notion as he looks to help his current employers win silverware this season.
“If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there,” he said, as reported by the Evening Standard. “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.”
Bellerin has become an ever-present under Wenger over the last year or so, with his energy, pace, defensive solidity and attacking ability all making him a stand-out member of the current Gunners group.
While he added that he is ultimately focused on improving and developing his game further, he’ll hope to continue to play a pivotal role in his side’s success this season having made an excellent start across all competitions.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 15 after losing on the opening weekend of the season, as they now gear up for the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
Bellerin’s committed response will be a welcome boost for all concerned, but along with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez who see their respective contracts expire at the end of next season, Wenger will still likely be keen to sign them all to long-term contracts.