Hector Bellerin has discussed potential interest from Barcelona and say it is “special” to hear his former club are interested in bringing him back to Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants have once again been linked with a summer move for Bellerin despite the full-back having signed a new long-term contract back in November.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has refused to rule out a move for the Arsenal star in recent days and admits his club will be looking to strengthen their defence this summer.
Bellerin has now added his thoughts and his words are likely to increase the speculation he could be heading back to Spain at the end of the season.
“It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona that’s special,” he told Sport. “I don’t forget I grew up in that home and I will never forget my stay at Barcelona.
“I am from the generation of Ronaldinho, I played a lot on the wing and Ronaldinho brought us the magic back. There are players who have marked me, one of them is Ronaldinho, another is Giuly, for his speed, directness and I will never forget once I took a masterclass with Giuly.”
- How will Arsenal line up vs West Ham – Two major changes expected
- Mikel Arteta makes U-turn on long-term Arsenal star – will stay at club
- Revealed: Five-time European champions made ‘concrete offer’ for Aubameyang
However, Bellerin has not forgotten why he left Barcelona in the first place which could give Arsenal hope they may yet keep hold of the 22-year-old.
“I left Barcelona because I felt the club was not confident in me, I didn’t feel valued, disenchanted,” he added.
Bellerin’s words are a real disappointment as Arsenal must have felt they had secured his future when he signed a huge deal at the end of last year.
However, his latest comments will surely give Barcelona encouragement that he could be tempted away from the Emirates this summer.