By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has ruled out any possibility that Hector Bellerin will be leaving Arsenal.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona but the Frenchman has asserted that it is not in his plans to find a new right-back.
Barcelona have been attracted to Bellerin after a series of impressive performances with the north London club over the past few seasons.
After the Gunners’ season going off the rails in the past few weeks, and with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s futures at the clubs in doubt, the Catalan giants have jumped on what could prove to be an Arsenal exodus in the summer.
Once an academy prospect at Barca, Bellerin signed a new contract at the Emirates in November which keeps him at the club until 2022 on over £100,000-a-week.
Wenger, however, has remained completely unfazed by the reports and has cited Bellerin’s contract as a major reason as to why he won’t be quitting the Gunners.
“We have just extended the contract,” said Wenger, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “He has an unbelievable number of years to go. It’s very difficult to take these things seriously.”
Arsenal are preparing to travel to the Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion in their next match on Saturday.
The Spanish full-back will be making his 29th appearance of the season in all competitions if he takes to the pitch in the Black Country.
Since making his debut for the Gunners, the lightning-paced Spanish international has made 101 appearances across all competitions and has made his senior international debut in May 2016.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger has identified two key West Brom plays he has to watch out for on Saturday.