Thursday 9 June 2016

Arsenal stepped up plans to tie star down to a new long-term contract

According to the Independent, Arsenal are reportedly preparing to Hector Bellerin a profitable new deal in an effort from the north Londoners to chase off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

The 21-year-old moved to Arsenal from the Catalans in 2011 and in the 18 months, he’s adored brilliant rise into the Arsene Wenger’s first team.

Despite just making his debut for Spain during the 3-1 friendly victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month, ahead of the Euro, 2016 the 21 year has been named in Vicente Del Bosque’s final 23-man squad.

Dani Alves’ retreat from the Camp Nou has made Barcelona to harbor long-term aspirations to sign the 21-year-old right-back, after learning Alves departure from the Nou Camp this summer. The Catalans champions needs a replacement and Bellerin could fits the bill.

He spent eight years in the Barcelona youth set-up (La Masia) before his move to the Emirates in 2011, but he is unlikely to re-join the academy after Arsenal stepped up plans to tie him down to an new long-term contract at the Emirates.

The Frenchman, though, is desperate to hold onto the 21-year-old and, according to the Mirror; the Gunners are set to offer Bellerin a brand new deal in an effort to secure his future at the Emirates.

A flash back about his decision to leave Spain as quoted by the Sun, the 21-year-old said: “It was a really hard decision for me to leave Barcelona when I was 16 but now I am happy that I took that chance because things have gone really well at Arsenal."

“Playing for Barcelona’s academy team and breaking all kinds of records was a great experience for me, but then I had the chance to catch the Arsenal train and I took it.

“The idea of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League was a real attraction, but it was the idea of working for Arsene Wenger which really sold the idea to me.

“I know he is a man who likes to bring up young players and I knew if I was doing well that he would give me the chance. And that is how it has turned out.

“He told me that if I worked hard and made the right progression then I could play for the first team. He showed faith in me and I am happy I have been able to justify his trust.”

Bellerin has established himself as Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice right back and, in company with midfielder Mesut Ozil, was among Arsenal’s top performers in the Premier League, since his move from Barcelona.

Basically, “I think Arsene Wenger is believed to think the 21-year-old right-back deserves a new offer and will recommend as much.”

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