Arsenal star admits Barcelona links are a "great thing"
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has refused to commit his future to the club by admitting ‘anything can happen’ this summer, per Sky.
Bellerin, 22, has become one of Arsenal’s best players since making his debut in 2013, and has begun attracting interest from a number of clubs, not least his boyhood side Barcelona.
The right-back played for them in their youth system before moving to the Emirates Stadium as a 16-year-old. Their interest is long-standing, and new boss Ernesto Valverde could be keen on a deal.
The Gunners will not be in the Champions League next season after failing to qualify for the first time in over 20 years. That could have an impact on Bellerin’s future, who admits he is flattered by the speculation linking him with his former club.
Bellerin: "My family had to return to Barcelona. I have a tougher time now because I'm a family person. It'll be a new challenge." pic.twitter.com/tOVZPcOCTp— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 6, 2017
“It’s a great thing to know about the interest of a club like Barca, the club where I grew up,” he said in quotes carried by the Daily Star. “I don’t know anything at the moment. I’m an Arsenal player and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s always been very good in London, my family settled there with me, although now, for family reasons, they have had to return to Barcelona. I have a tougher time now because I’m a family person, I depend on them a lot, and it’ll be a new challenge to be without them.
“As a player, the club haven’t told me anything, there has still not been any contact. A lot can happen this summer.”