Hector Bellerin has been named the most valuable defender in the world, with the 21-year-old valued at £43.1m by CIES (via the Metro).
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The Spaniard has had a fantastic time at Arsenal ever since his breakout, and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top in an incredibly short space of time. As the Metro states, he has consequently been linked with a big money move to the likes of Barcelona, which Arsenal will no doubt ignore.
CIES take into account a huge amount of factors, from a player’s age to their contract and recent performances. Bellerin has pretty much everything on his side, and he’s currently one of the best right-backs in the world – regardless of age.
He’s closely followed by Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who is valued at £37.5m. Alaba is arguably the best attacking full-back in the game, so the fact that Bellerin is valued even higher than the Austrian is massive.
In all honesty though, it makes very little difference what Bellerin’s value is. There’s no chance we would even consider selling the phenomenal young full-back. Bellerin has come through the ranks at Arsenal and taken the first team by storm. He encapsulates the view towards youth that Arsene Wenger holds so dear, and his rise to the first team somewhat vindicates the manager’s much maligned philosophy.
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Hopefully we see other young players like Alex Iwobi follow in his footsteps, and continue filling the first team with Arsenal academy graduates.