By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Hector Bellerin has insisted that quitting Barcelona for Arsenal has “definitely paid off” for him and he has no plans to return to his boyhood club.
Bellerin is convinced that he made the right decision to follow the same path as Cesc Fabregas, by leaving Camp Nou aged 16 to move to north London.
The right-back, now 20, has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back since displacing Mathieu Debuchy in the team at the end of last year.
“For me it has definitely paid off,” explained Bellerin on Sunday night.” I am very happy with the decision I made. It was hard. But I always say that the train only comes once. You either take it or not, I took it and I’m very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and the position I am in today.”
Speaking as a TV pundit ahead of the Barcelona-Levante La Liga clash, Bellerin was asked if he felt he could get in the Barcelona starting line-up.
“That’s not me at the moment,” he replied. “I’m at Arsenal right now. I’ve had this question so many times. I’ve always said the reason I came to Arsenal was because I wanted to stay here [in London]. I’m not thinking of going anywhere else.”
Football Insider revealed in June that Bellerin had agreed a new five-year contract with Arsenal, which was confirmed by the club the following month.