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Barcelona are once again being linked with a move for Hector Bellerin, with the Spanish giants looking to lure the 21-year-old back to his home country, according to the Daily Star.
The European giants apparently made a move to sign him on Wednesday, but were given an instant and firm rejection by Arsenal. We have no intention of selling him at any price, as the right-back is unquestionably one of the brightest young talents in football today.
The report originates from journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who broke the news on Twitter.
Barcelona made an approach to Arsenal for Hector Bellerin yesterday. Given firm rejection – not for sale at any price. #afc
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) May 26, 2016
While it may well be true that Barca are interested in Bellerin – with the La Masia product potentially seen as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves – an approach is completely pointless.
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Not only do we have no intention of letting the full-back leave, but the player himself clearly wants to remain at Arsenal. He has recently stated his desire to stay with the club, insisting that he can’t see himself playing anywhere else (via the Daily Mail).
“I say every year that England is my home now,” he said.
“I’ve lived there for many years; my family and my girlfriend are there. I’m very happy so I don’t see myself anywhere other than at Arsenal.”
Bellerin may have started out with Barcelona, but it’s Arsenal where he’s really grown and it’s Arsenal that gave him the opportunity to shine on the big stage. He’s been with us for years and is clearly a real Gooner at this point, and we need more of this type of loyalty at the club.
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It’s difficult to turn down the opportunity to join a club the size of Barcelona, but it doesn’t seem like Bellerin will be going anywhere any time soon.