Despite being linked with a return to his hometown club Barcelona, Hector Bellerin has dropped a big hint that he is not ready to leave Arsenal.
The Spaniard left the youth system at the Camp Nou for the Emirates Stadium in 2011, and has gone on to make 114 in all competitions for the Gunners, including seven in the FA Cup which he has won twice. Indeed, the 22-year-old is now regarded as one of the best attacking fullbacks in the Premier League, and is an absolute certainty to add to the three caps he has for his country.
Bellerin has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona in recent weeks, despite only signing a new long-term contract at the club last November. His family have recently returned to Catalonia, and although this has nothing to do with the player heading back, he admits that a life in England without his nearest and dearest would be difficult for him to adapt to.
This only served to further heighten speculation that he would soon be rejoining his hometown club, who are reportedly willing to pay as much as £45million for his signature. But Bellerin, currently on international duty as Spain prepared to take on Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier, posted on his twitter account: “Don’t believe everything you read…”
This would perhaps suggest that the defender is prepared to stay at Arsenal, which will come as a relief for Arsene Wenger in a summer in which the futures of some of his key players are uncertain. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are now in the final 12 months of their contracts and have been linked with exits, whilst Olivier Giroud has expressed frustration over a lack of first team starts.