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Reliable journalist provides update on Arsenal star's contract situation

By Deputy Editor Harvey Byrne

Talks between Arsenal and defender Hector Bellerin have not made much progress amid Manchester City and Barcelona interest, according to a reliable journalist.

Daily Mirror reporter David Anderson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that talks with the Spanish defender have not moved forward, despite the Gunners promising him new terms in April.

The 21-year-old still has three years on his current deal, but Arsene Wenger may be keen to tie him down to a new deal with Pep Guardiola as well as Barcelona circling around the full-back.

The Mail claimed on Monday that Manchester City and Barcelona had made the young full-back one of their top targets heading into the January window.

Both club’s can offer Bellerin emotional reunions, with the youngster born in Barcelona before leaving the city and the Nou Camp for the Gunners, at the age of 16.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City have former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta as their co-assistant coach, who was an integral part of helping his fellow Spaniard settle in at the Emirates Stadium.

Bellerin has developed into one of the best right-backs in England since taking advantage of an injury to Mathieu Debuchy in December 2014.

The youngster has played 122 career matches scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists.

Bellerin has started all five Premier League clashes for the Gunners in the new campaign and is an integral part to Wenger’s side.

In other Arsenal team news, Wenger is ready to let this young star out on loan to get more first-team football.