After impressing in the first-leg of the Champions League clash against his former club, Hector Bellerin was heavily linked with a return to Barcelona.
After the Arsenal’s right-back performance, two of his opponents - Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique - found Bellerin and praised him for his display.
This prompted plenty of speculation linking the Spaniard to a return to the Nou Camp where he had spent his entire youth career.
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When you also consider that current Barca right-back Dani Alves soon turns 33, Bellerin can be seen as the perfect replacement.
The 21-year-old has been brilliant for the Gunners this season, appearing in 28 of the 30 Premier League matches and it’s no surprise to see Gooners worried about losing their marauding right-back.
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Future belongs in north London
But Bellerin has revealed that he believes his future lies in north London, not back in Catalonia where he was born.
"I left Barca without looking back,” he told Goal.com.
"I left focused on London and Arsenal and I am really happy there. I signed a new deal last year and there's still a lot in front of me. It's a club that's forming a great team, with players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
"My future is there and I am happy where I am. A lot of things can happen in football, but I am at Arsenal, giving my all for the club. I am not thinking of going anywhere else.”
Return to the Nou Camp
Bellerin was given the opportunity to return to the club he left in 2011 in the second-leg of the Champions League last-16 tie. Arsene Wenger’s side were comprehensively beaten 5-1 on aggregate but Bellerin spoke of his joy at returning to the Nou Camp.
"It was really special to return to Camp Nou. I grew there, it was my home from a young age," he said.
"To return to Camp Nou is a dream for any player who developed at Barcelona. For me, it happened wearing another shirt, but it was a huge honour. I'm really happy to be able to represent such a big club and to be experiencing everything that I am,” he admitted.
Despite two brilliant campaigns for Arsenal, Bellerin still hasn’t managed to earn a cap for Spain’s national side with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran and Dani Carvajal keeping him out of the squad.
He has been named in the Under-21 squad to face Croatia this week but admits it’s his dream to play for the senior squad.
"Who doesn't [aspire to be part of the full Spain national team]?" he asked.
"It’s a dream for everyone. I have just turned 21 and I am with the under-21s and we have a difficult game. When you work hard, in the end, with a bit of luck, everything comes. Like all Spanish players, my aim and dream is to play for the full team. But you have to take things step by step and take on the challenges as they come," he concluded.
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