Hector Bellerin has revealed why he opted to stay at Arsenal after signing a new long-term contract with the Gunners.
The full-back was heavily linked with moves to both Barcelona and Manchester City before putting pen to paper but has said he never seriously thought about leaving.
Bellerin has now expanded further on his decision to stay and says manager Arsene Wenger was one of the prime reasons behind him signing a new deal.
“Arsene was really influential for me on the moment when I signed to come over here. He was there talking to me when I first got to the Emirates and he was one of the reasons why I signed with the club,” he told The Mirror.
“Just the confidence he has given me, especially after not the greatest debut at Dortmund . My first games weren’t the best!
“From then, I always knew I wanted to pay him off and that’s what I’m doing right now and obviously that is why I wanted to stay at the club.”
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Bellerin is also confident the club can win the Premier League title this season, despite facing stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
“We’re getting closer,” he added. “Last year we finished second which wasn’t bad after how the season went. We’re getting better players every year and the team is together even more. We’ve seen that in the performances. We hadn’t lost in 21 games. That’s something not many teams can say.
“This year we knew it was going to be hard because there are so many teams with good coaches. We knew it was going to be really hard. But we’ve got the team and we’ve got the manager.
“We’ve got everything we need to be up there, so we are going to try our best, definitely.”
Bellerin’s loyalty to Wenger is revealing and the club will be hoping he can use his influence to convince Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to follow in their team-mates’ footsteps and commit their futures to the club.