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Arsene Wenger hatches plan to keep Hector Bellerin at Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez might be Arsenal's two star players, but there's reason to suggest Hector Bellerin will soon reach the very same heights.

It's been a sensational rise to stardom for the 21-year-old, who has gone from strength to strength ever since making his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

So impressive has Bellerin been for the Gunners that he's become indispensable; an injury for the defender would be considered a minor crisis, with Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson his potential replacements.

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Rumours are now linking Arsenal's prized Spaniard with moves to Manchester City and Barcelona, with both highly interested in signing arguably the Premier League's best right-back.

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Bellerin is reportedly 'waiting for a call' from Barcelona, where he played for eight years in their famous La Masia academy.

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Arsene Wenger has a plan to stave off such interest, though.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game against Swansea City, the Frenchman revealed how he intends to hand Bellerin a brand new and improved contract for the second time in as many years.

Were it not for the fact the Spain international is so in demand across Europe, Wenger probably wouldn't be considering an extension on the four-year deal he signed in 2015.

"Look, he has nearly three years to go and we always try get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be," Wenger said, per the Daily Mail. "So we try to extend, certainly, his contract.

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"We will try to extend his contract as well, but for me, his long-term future is here."

Arsenal's manager is clearly confident of Bellerin staying for the foreseeable future - but it hasn't always been so easy for the young full-back.

"He has been absolutely fantastic," Wenger added. "Let's not forget that his first game he had a nightmare when I played him and he was the year before at Watford - he didn't play. 

"His progress has been absolutely spectacular because he has absolutely top mental strength. I think he loves as well to be here and he has responsibilities already in the dressing room for such a young age, it's something remarkable."

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Barcelona are extremely keen to re-sign Bellerin, especially so considering they allowed Dani Alves to join Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Jordi Mestre, the club's vice-president, is certainly a big fan of his young countryman.

He told Spanish outlet Sport, per Goal: "We've already seen him as a Cule (Barcelona follower). He's a great player, there's no doubt about that.

"Wenger convinced him to move and promised him something which we couldn't. We could not promise him that within two years he would be playing in Dani Alves' place."

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