Arsenal To Extend Bellerin’s Contract To Ward Off Barcelona

By Adebayo Williams

Arsenal are set to hand Spanish defender Hector Bellerin a new contract to ward off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona. The player joined the Gunners in 2011 and made his way into the first team in 2014. His current contract expires in 2019. Arsene Wenger confirmed the decision saying he was doing his best to keep the best players at the club.

“I’m surprised by the speculations – he has nearly three years to go,” Wenger said of Bellerin.

“We always try to get the players to a level where they deserve to be, so we’ll try to extend his contract.

“But for me his long-term future is here.

“He has been fantastic, let’s not forget that his first game he had a nightmare when I played him and the year before [on loan] at Watford he didn’t play, his progress has been absolutely spectacular.

“He has top mental strength. He loves to be here and has responsibilities in the dressing room. For a young age, it’s remarkable.”

Bellerin has played all the Gunners’ games this season. He featured in all but two of the team’s matches last season. The 21-year-old also made his senior debut for Spain shortly before the European Championships in France. He made the final squad to the championships where La Roja had a rather disappointing outing.

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