Hector Bellerin denies knowledge of Barcelona offers as Spaniard remains committed to Arsenal

Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal
Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin remains fully committed to Arsenal despite recurrent reports linking him with a return to Barcelona. The Spaniard claims he knows nothing about the rumoured offers from the La Liga giants, pointing out that he recently signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates

The 22-year-old right-back moved to Arsenal from the prolific La Masia academy in 2011, but has been linked with a return to his childhood side since the Catalans lost Dani Alves to Juventus during last summer's transfer window.

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Bellerin tried to put an end to those stories in November by putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium. However, Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez recently admitted the Catalans are still monitoring his situation as they have earmarked the signing of a new right-back as a top priority for the coming mercato.

Cesc Fabregas previously boomeranged from the Barcelona academy to Arsenal before returning to the Nou Camp, and reports in Spain suggest the Catalans are ready to break the bank for Bellerin to follow the same path this coming summer.

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But asked after the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City whether he will be at Arsenal next season, the Spaniard told IBTimes UK: "I think so. I still have many years of contract at Arsenal and for now it is what it is. I just signed a new deal earlier this season and I am at the disposal of the manager for whenever he needs. I do not know about the offers I get. My job is to focus on the pitch, what happens off it is something for my agent."

Hector Bellerin

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The former Barcelona academy star has lost his place in Arsene Wenger's line-up for recent games against Middlesbrough and Manchester City after the Frenchman opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation. However, he is still happy at helping his side top set up an FA Cup final against Chelsea after coming off the bench in the extra-time.

"My first trophy was the FA Cup and it was one of the most beautiful moments of my career," Bellerin recalled, having featured in the 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the 2014-15 campaign.

"To play a final at Wembley against Chelsea is going to be very nice. I am looking forward to it. They defend a lot and are fast on the counterattack. We beat them 3-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season and we know we can do it again. In a final anything can happen."

Meanwhile, Bellerin admitted that Manchester City dominated the first half of the game, but hailed his side's resilience to bounce back and reach the final thanks to Alexis Sanchez's extra-time winner.

"Playing against City is always difficult. We struggled at the start but when we caught the pace of the game we managed to get the equaliser. Then it was decided in extra-time and Alexis was very intelligent to score the goal. We got the win and we are very happy," Bellerin added. "Everyone knows Alexis. He is one of the best players in the world and can decide a match in many ways. That's why everyone is so happy that he's here with us, scoring important goals."

"Tottenham had the ball and Chelsea won 4-2 [in the other semi-final]. In football luck is also important. When you have the opportunity you have to take it and if not your rivals can punish you."

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