Great news for Arsenal fans has emerged today, with The Mirror reporting that Hector Bellerin has agreed a massive six-year contract extension with The Gunners.
It’s essentially the news Arsenal fans have been praying for, with Hector Bellerin committing his long-term future to the Gunners. Although he’s been very vocal about his intent to stay in north London, Gooners grew concerned after Spanish press repeatedly linked him with a return to Barcelona, whilst The Daily Mail suggested Manchester City wanted him to follow the likes of Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor to the North West.
Now, though, the new contract puts Bellerin amongst Arsenal’s highest-earners and the six-year deal is reportedly worth a staggering £30m.
Undoubtedly so. Since getting his breakthrough into the first-team two seasons ago when Mathieu Debuchy was sidelined through injury, Bellerin has not looked back and is now one of the first names on Arsenal’s team-sheet.
The 21-year-old has proven himself to be one of the finest defenders in world football during that time and his importance to Arsenal has increased significantly, with the Gunners benefitting this season from his superb partnership with Theo Walcott ahead of him.
Bellerin’s performances have earned wide praise from across the footballing globe, with Brazilian legend Cafu likening the player to himself at a young age and Barcelona’s vice-president Jordi Mestre also getting involved in the love-in.
The big factor for Arsenal in this deal wasn’t his weekly wage of £100k though, which on the face of it isn’t much to a club like Arsenal, but instead is the agreement of six years.
Unfortunately not. As we’ve seen in football, contracts are merely a stepping stone for an interested party to get through in their pursuit of a new signing but the new deal does hand Arsenal a tremendous advantage.
With such a long-term deal, any suitor will have to pay an excessive amount to force Bellerin to break his contract and Arsenal will also be confident he won’t jump ship, with the player regularly stating his love for the Gunners.
Whilst his early development was at Barcelona, Bellerin attributes his defensive prowess to the faith shown in him by Gunners assistant Steve Bould and stated he didn’t know how to defend until Arsenal converted him into a full-back.
Arsenal will now turn their attentions to securing new deals for star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with The Sun stating in September Ozil was close to a new deal, which is yet to be confirmed, whilst The Independent have said Alexis wants a big wage hike.
The Gunners are likely to meet the demands of both as they continue to assemble a side that is hopeful of ending Arsenal’s barren run in the quest for the Premier League title and European glory, although there’s no rush to put through a deal just yet.