At just 21-years-old, Hector Bellerin has become arguably the Premier League’s finest right-back.
The past two years have seen the Spaniard rise to an irreplaceable status at the Emirates with his electrifying pace and immaculate tackling. However, the inevitable downside to such form is the threat of a potential move away.
Moreover, Arsenal have reportedly provided the latest update on Bellerin and his future at the club. It’s a tense time for fans of the north London club.
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According to the Guardian, the 21-year-old is closing in on extending his contract at the Emirates.
Bellerin’s agent, Albert Botines, held talks with Arsenal officials last week in the hope of prolonging his client’s stay at the club. Furthermore, it’s not only believed that the talks went well, but that they could produce a tangible product imminently.
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Botines revealed that: “We are speaking and are now a lot closer than we were two weeks ago. In a normal situation he will sign.
“Héctor is very happy at Arsenal. This would be the fourth time he has signed a new contract at the club and it is clear he has made good progress.”
Simply put, barring anything wildly unexpected, Bellerin should be putting Arsenal concerns to rest by pledging his commitment. It will certainly prove music to the ears of supporters and Arsene Wenger alike.
After all, the Frenchman himself admitted just last month that securing the services of the Spaniard was a pressing priority.
With Manchester City and Barcelona potentially in search of his signature, who can blame Arsenal for their haste? This is augmented by the fact the club has an unwanted reputation for selling to the respective clubs.
Nevertheless, the latest update looks set to dismiss fears of Bellerin following in the footsteps of Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Alexandre Song.
The rise of the right-back goes to show that Wenger’s tactic of pinching younger players isn’t always flawed.
Given how impressive the defender has been this season, it’s scary to think where Bellerin could be headed in the future. After all, there is little doubting that he is set for big things.
One way to mark this climbing through the hierarchy at Arsenal would be to collect silverware. While Bellerin has lifted the FA Cup during his spell, he, like all his teammates, are yearning for that allusive league title.
If Wenger’s men are to end their twelve-year drought this season though, they won’t be able to do so without Bellerin fit and firing. Without the club performing well too however, persuading him to stay next time round may prove troublesome.
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