Hector Bellerin has dismissed rumours of a potential departure from Arsenal. Apparently, the full-back has told Sky Sports his future remains at Arsenal. He pointed out that his contract has a long time to run yet, and that London has become his home.
Born in Catalonia, Spain, Bellerin started his career in Barcelona’s youth teams before moving to Arsenal in 2011. Two years later he signed his first professional contract with the Gunners, and he was immediately loaned out to Watford. After a season with the Hornets, he returned to the Emirates and has been here ever since, accumulating a total of 160 games and scoring 7 goals in an Arsenal shirt so far.
During the recent few transfer windows, Bellerin was heavily linked with a move back to Catalonia, but now he insists he will be staying put this summer.
Such a decision might not be entirely up to him though. His poor performances recently may have put off the Spanish champions Barcelona or any other potential suitors off a move for the 23-year-old. The Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid has nicely pointed out some of his glaring weaknesses, as any Atletico player making a run into his territory always found himself in tons of space.
However, if so, it can well turn out to be their loss and Arsenal’s gain in the long run. At his age, Bellerin is only likely to improve as he gains experience, and all his weaknesses are likely to diminish significantly before long.
Arsenal need to dip into the transfer market in order to strengthen their defence this summer, and there are certainly players that might be described as not good enough, but at 23, it’s way too early to say that about Bellerin. Adding a more experienced right-back would perhaps give the Spaniard some much needed competition that would drive him to progress in the near future.
But before all that, Arsenal still have one more Premier League game to play this season, and they can be backed at 3/5 to win away to the relegation-safe Huddersfield Town on Sunday.