Report: Arsenal set to offer new contract to star after Barcelona end interest
By Amir Mir
Arsenal have begun contract talks with Hector Bellerin over a two-year extension to his current deal after Barcelona finally ended their interest in the defender, according to a report.
The Sun claim Spanish giants Barcelona have accepted they will not land the right-back and that Bellerin is happy at the north London club.
The 21-year-old, who has six caps for Spain, made 43 appearances in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side last season and is seen as a critical part of the Arsenal defence.
Bellerin impressed the Arsenal faithful with his raw pace, and ability to defend and attack in equal measures, and his attributes also attracted the interest of the Catalan club.
Barcelona reportedly wanted to sign the full-back during the summer transfer window, but a move never came close to completion.
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It is said Barca manger Luis Enrique now sees academy graduate Sergi Roberto as the long-term successor to summer departure Dani Alves at right-back, who joined Juventus on a free transfer in July.
Arsenal will be relieved that the Spanish giants have given up on the pursuit and are looking to tie the right-back up until 2021 with a two-year extension to his current deal.
Barcelona-born Bellerin came through the Spanish giants’ academy before moving to north London with Arsenal in 2011.
He made his competitive debut for the club in 2013 against West Brom in a League Cup game and started in his side’s 2015 FA Cup triumph where they beat Aston Villa 4-0 in the final.
The Spanish international has played the full 90 minutes in all three Premier League games for Wenger’s side this season.
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