Arsenal handed boost as impressive defender distances himself from Barcelona move

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has hinted at a lengthy spell at the club despite links with a return to Barcelona, report the Evening Standard.

The Spaniard has emerged as one of the top full-backs in the league over the past 18 months or so after ousting Mathieu Debuchy for a starting berth at the Emirates.

While his searing pace is the most obvious asset he boasts, the youngster has shown a defensive nous not often prevalent in modern day operators.

Due to the relative dearth in top class right-backs in European football, coupled his boyhood links with the La Liga champions, the 20-year old had been mooted as a potential for the Blaugrana. 

In the past, the Gunners have seen Cesc Fabregas return to the Camp Nou after leaving there as a youngster and establishing himself as a bonafide top star in North London.

However, the La Masia graduate has poured cold water over suggestions he could be about to follow suit.

“I say every year that England is my home now,” Bellerin said.

“I’ve lived there for many years; my family and my girlfriend are there. I’m very happy there so I don’t see myself anywhere other than Arsenal.”