Hector Bellerin has given Arsenal a huge boost by dismissing recent links with Barcelona and insisting he wants to stay with the Gunners for “a long time”.
Speculation over the full-back’s future has raged in recent weeks with the Catalan giants and Manchester City believed to be keen to tempt him away from the Emirates.
Manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he wants Bellerin to stay and sign a new contract and now the 21-year-old has revealed he has no interest in returning to Camp Nou currently.
“If I wanted to play there [at Barcelona] I would have stayed there,” he told Standard Sport.
“I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I’m not looking back, I’m just looking to help Arsenal.”
Bellerin also revealed that while he was in no rush to sign a new deal at the Emirates he did see his long-term future in north London.
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“It’s nice for a player to know that big teams want you but I’m very happy here,” he added
“I’ve still got three years left on my contract so I’m just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal.
“I’m not in a rush to extend the contract. I’m happy. I’m comfortable. I want to be here a long time.”
Bellerin’s words will be a huge boost to Arsenal who have seen one of their biggest prospects continually linked with a move away this season. The 21-year-old is arguably the best right-back in the Premier League already and now looks set to remain at the Emirates for a long time.