Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been strongly linked with a return to Barcelona, but they may no longer be ready to follow up on their interest.
The Spaniard left the Barca youth set-up in order to sign his first professional contract with Arsenal, and has risen up through the ranks in North-London to become one of the first names on the team sheet week-in week-out.
Bellerin earned a place in last season’s Premier League Team of the Year, and was promoted to Spain’s first-team squad for the European Championships, leading to his former club to sit up and take notice.
Barcelona chiefs have since been dropping praise and positive comments into the press about their former youngster, before reports claimed that Arsene Wenger had contacted the Spanish giants to inform them that they could land the defender for £40 Million.
Aleix Vidal has been claimed to be shaky since taking over the role after Dani Alves departure to Juventus, but youth product Sergi Roberto has since stepped up and made the switch from central midfield as cover, and is flourishing in the role.
After the club’s 5-0 win over Sporting Gijon, manager Luis Enrique even moved to single out Roberto, casting strong doubt on the possible return of Bellerin.
Enrique said: “I do not see anyone better for us on the right side than Sergi Roberto. He plays very well for us between the lines and he brings many resources to the team.”
This is music to my ears, as Bellerin has fast become one of my favourite players, and could well be our best ever right-back should he continue to prove immensely consistent beyond his years.
Could Sergi Roberto have saved us from the possibility of a Bellerin exit? Could the full-back be replaced?
Yea, I don’t think barcelona will come back for bellerin as Roberto is doing really well as he has four assists already.
However, man city might still hold an interest as all their rbs are getting old.
Of a truth,players can’t be trusted but i wanna trust bellerin to be loyal to us but we also have to win big trophies.
But if wenger leaves this summer, things could just for some of our stars but that’s for another day.
I also worry about when wenger leaves as a lot of players have said that the only reason they came to arsenal was because of wenger, will have to wait abd see i suppose.
It will be interesting to see the comments on this. A few months ago there would have been a deluge of adverse comments and thumbs down.
If this is true then good news is always welcome and Bellerin is more than welcome to stay at Arsenal and become a legend.
OT:Which team would you pick vs Basel, remember over the past five yrs they have beaten Spuds, chelshit, Manure, Loserpool so looks they are a deal!!! For me
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Bellerin is from Barcelona, he must have grown up dreaming of playing for barcelona and was in their youth setup. His family are presumably in Barcelona.
Barcelona can see a situation of bellerin wanting to return to Barcelona. Player wanting to leave arsenal and go only to barcelona, means either
1. player runs down his contract and goes to barcelona for free (as lewandowsky to BM)
2. we sell but as there is only one club the player will go to, barcelona get a bargain (as fabregas).
So clearly barcelona will go on a charm offensive. Praise the player in public. When on international duty, barcelona players will be friendly with bellerin. This is a long term plan, barcelona have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
We have to make sure bellerin is happy at arsenal. Winning things will help. Beating top teams in europe (particularly barcelona) over two legs would help as well.
It would also help if bellerin thinks he will not be a first team regular at barcelona. But then we want bellerin to be the best player at his position in the world, who could walk straight in to any team, including barcelona.
Do I think barcelona are going to give up on bellerin? Not a chance, they will continue the charm offensive, it costs them nothing and may pay them big dividends, depending on how things pan out over the years.
Lets hope bellerin stays with us and becomes an arsenal legend