By Russell Edge
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is a much-wanted man but not by his former side Barcelona, according to his agent.
The 22-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at the Catalan club, has been heavily linked with a return to the Nou Camp ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
However, his agent, Albert Botines, has been reported as saying that the Spanish giants have not made an offer – or been in contact in quite some time.
He told Goal: “I have read lots of things about this supposed interest from Barcelona but it has been a long time since the club last called me.”
The Spanish full-back, who has made 30 appearances in the league for the Gunners this season, signed a contract extension back in November 2016 which is set to keep him at the club until 2023, as reported by the Telegraph.
His agent suggested this would mean he would remain at Arsenal, but also delivered a warning for fans.
“After he signed the renewal there were only two or three clubs who kept up their interest,” Botines said.
“The natural thing would be for him to stay. I can’t guarantee anything about the future.
“You never know what is going to happen in the future in the football world.”
Manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can keep a hold of the young full-back, who, despite his age, has proven himself as a Premier League-quality defender.
Bellerin has suffered an ankle injury this season, which has contributed to a loss of form which mirrors the disappointing season Arsenal have endured.
Football Insider verdict:
Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing end to the season, with cameo appearances in the last few games. He’s definitely a big part of Arsenal’s future though, and with a new formation on the cards for next season, it will be interesting to see where he slots in. Things are starting to look up for Arsenal at the moment, with a strong finish to the season that could even see them end up back in the Champions League next season. If that happens, Wenger will need all the quality he can muster to put up a strong showing on all fronts and help save his legacy at the north London club.
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