When Hector Bellerin signed a new six year contract (have you ever heard of such a long one before?) I thought he was guaranteed to stay at Arsenal for his whole career, but it now seems that recent events have changed his mind about returning to Spain.
The Spaniard has not had the best of seasons at Arsenal after a couple of injuries kept him out for a while, and he was even dropped by Arsene Wenger when he changed to the new 3-4-3 formation, and he only returned when Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured. But the tactical change was just a little too late for the Gunners to get into our usual Top Four position, and this is Bellerin’s first reason for considering a move. ‘You never know what can happen, but I have a contract and when I finish my holidays after the Euros I will have to go back there,’ Bellerin was quoted as saying.
‘The truth is that every player of a top level wants to play in the Champions League, especially when I’ve been playing in it for two years. As a team, we didn’t achieve qualification and it’s something that we want to correct, but as a player, I repeat: it’s an important competition.”
The second reason he would relish the move back to his homeland is something I mentioned in yesterday’s post called ‘Would Arsenal really let Bellerin go to Barcelona, is the simple fact that his family have had to move back to the area, and, as I said yesterday, there new home is just 40 miles from the Catalan capital. This is why Barca’s interest is so important for him at this time. ‘It’s a great thing to know about the interest of a club like Barca, the club where I grew up. I don’t know anything at the moment. I’m an Arsenal player and we’ll see what happens.
‘It’s always been very good in London, my family settled there with me, although now, for family reasons, they have had to return to Barcelona. I have a tougher time now because I’m a family person, I depend on them a lot, and it’ll be a new challenge to be without them.
‘I haven’t talked to anyone. I haven’t talked to the club. I know a lot of things are being talked about but as a player, the club haven’t told me anything, there has still not been any contact.
‘A lot can happen this summer.’
How things change, eh? Fabregas used the family card when he demanded his return to Barcelona, and it now looks like Bellerin is going to do the same thing. Perhaps this is why Wenger likes stealing young players from Spain. Because he knows he can make a massive profit when he sells them back!