EPL 2016/17: Hector Bellerin says he won't 'pick up the call' if Barcelona try to contact him
Hector Bellerin has rejected claims of a move back to Barcelona.
Arsenal’s Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin has brushed off rumours linking him with a move back to Barcelona, and other top European clubs who are looking to sign the services of the former La Masia graduate.
Bellerin has put Arsenal fans’ minds at rest by laughing off speculation of his exit from Arsenal in an interview with YouTube channel DW Channel and said, “If Barcelona came calling now? I won’t pick up the call.”
The Spaniard has had a brilliant start to the season, as Arsenal have recovered from their opening day defeat to Liverpool and currently occupy the second spot, level on points with leaders, Manchester City.
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The right-back has made over 80 appearances for the Gunners since his debut in 2014, becoming a mainstay in the Arsenal back four.
Bellerin has continued his superb run of form from last season, where he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Wenger surprised by speculation
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is surprised by the speculation surrounding the future of the full-back and keen to tie him down to a new deal, although he still 3 years left on his current contract.
Wenger said: “Of course his future is at Arsenal. That’s why I’m surprised by the speculation. He has nearly three years to go (on his current contract) and we always try to get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be.”
Bellerin previously shrugged off rumours
Bellerin has previously said that he would not move away from North London for any club, even if Barcelona come calling, like former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas did back in 2011.
“I think that’s a wrong thought because if I wanted to be at Barcelona I would have stayed there. My challenge was to come to England and I came here with everything,” Bellerin said in May 2015.
“And I came here to stay and to cement my place in the first team and be here for four more years. If I wanted to have played for Barcelona in the future I would have just stayed there and made my way there.
“I made that decision when I was young to come over here, and I’m not thinking about my future, I’m just thinking about playing for Arsenal and doing well.”
With Wenger and Bellerin adamant about the latter's future at Arsenal, the next couple of weeks will put to rest the Bellerin saga, provided the player pens a new contract to keep him at Arsenal for a long time.
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