Arsenal’s young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin has moved to dismiss rumours of a return to boyhood club Barcelona. The 21-year-old joined Barcelona at the age of eight and played his football at the Catalan club’s famous La Masia, before moving on to Arsenal in 2011.
Bellerin has gone on to establish himself as one of the most exciting young full-backs in the world game. Some would argue that Bellerin is the best right-back in the world.
Concentrating on Arsenal
Talking to the London Evening Standard, Bellerin reaffirmed his loyalty to Arsenal by saying: “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.”
A problem position for Barcelona
When Bellerin left for Arsenal, Brazilian full-back Dani Alves occupied the right-back spot. The former Sevilla star was regarded by many as the best right-back in the world during his time at Barcelona. Bellerin obviously felt that he would have had a better chance of playing first team football at Arsenal than in the Catalonia.
Alves left this summer to join Italian champions Juventus in search of a new challenge. The Catalan giants have had a major problem finding a replacement for the 33-year-old.
The link to a move for Bellerin is not a major surprise. Barcelona have a history of selling players young and resigning them, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique are probably the biggest examples of that. It would not be a major surprise if Barcelona did make a move for their former youngster.
Bellerin is a key player for Arsenal
Full-back never used to be considered a key position in the team. However, in the modern game full-backs can be crucial to both the defensive and attacking sides of the game. The Spaniard is adept at both sides of the game.
As any young player, he can still improve certain aspects of his game, but Bellerin is a key player for the Gunners and it is nice that he is professing his loyalty to the club.
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