In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin tells fans he is adamant he will remain at the club next season.
The Spaniard signed his first professional contract in 2013 and although the 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, he insists he is “definitely happy at the club and will be here next season”.
“I’ve got a long contract, I have been in London for a very long time, this is what I call my home right now.
“There is nothing else I am thinking of, for the summer. We have the World Cup, I don’t know if I will be called up or not [to Spain], that is something we will need to wait and see.
“If I get given the chance then I will be really happy for it. Apart from that I am sure I will be coming back here next pre-season.”
Bellerin signed his first professional contract with the gunners in 2013 after joining Arsenal’s youth side from Barcelona in 2011. After an impressive start to his career in North London, Bellerin was rewarded with a six year contract in 2016 that sees the Spaniard take home a reported £95,000 a week.
But this season Arsenal fans have been underwhelmed with the attacking right back after a series of weak performances left supporters questioning his defensive positioning.
Arsenal fans have been vocal on social media since the player – valued at £36million by transfermarkt.com – committed his future to the club.
We collected the best of the reaction here..
Bellerin to fans, he'll be here next season.All very well and good but,at times very good going forward. Quick like nobody's business, but at times,gets caught out defensively and gets caught out of position.If he's to stay,must improve. No more free loaders at Arsenal #bellerin
— Matthew Casson (@Casson12) May 11, 2018
Very interesting that Debuchy is up for Ligue 1 signing of the year. I always maintain that he was unlucky at Arsenal and was a more competent right back that Bellerin especially in a defensive sense @leemarkjudges @HarrySymeou @grahamb195 @ArsenalMoh8 @SameOldAFC #AFC #afc https://t.co/WmfUwcmvly
— James Rowe (@JamesRoweNL) May 11, 2018
HEC OF A BOOST Hector Bellerin gives clearest indication yet he will snub Juventus and Barcelona to stay at Arsenal https://t.co/I0Etp9I6X5
— Simön Gaunt (@GoonerGaunty73) May 11, 2018
One thing I can’t fault about Bellerin is his work rate
He often has to run the right side by himself
I hope the manager can give him that bit of defensive tactical awareness that he’s missing.
I also hope he will learn how to cross 🙏🏽
— Jason (@JasonJhuti) May 11, 2018
Hector Bellerin confirming he'll be at Arsenal next season is great news but he'll have to learn how to cross a ball etc next season
— Lewi Robson (@lewi_robson) May 11, 2018