Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has stepped in and spoken to Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin in a bid to keep him at the Emirates Stadium next season, reports Football.London. Spanish publication Cadena Sar believe the Arsenal owner has personally had words with Bellerin to convince him to reject interest from former side Barcelona to continue developing in London.
The 22-year-old, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015/16, is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and overcome poor form last season to end the campaign strongly. Bellerin made 33 Premier League appearances, scoring and creating five goals, and helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup in May’s final against Chelsea.
Barcelona have struggled to find an adequate replacement for Dani Alves, with Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal failing to make a convincing case last season, and have turned their attentions to a former youth player. Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 and recently admitted he was homesick given his family are back in Spain now.
But he also reaffirmed his desire to stay with Arsenal by signing a long-term deal last season. Kroenke clearly believes his potential is valuable to the club and wants the Spaniard to stay at Arsenal as a result, and it appears Barcelona might have to turn their attentions elsewhere. Bellerin is 1/3 to stay at Arsenal this summer.