Pep Guardiola wants Arsenal's Hector Bellerin at Man City

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Ask Arsenal fans which player they want to keep above all others and more often than not you will hear Hector Bellerin's name.

The Spanish right-back is not now the club's No.1 right-back, but arguably the best in the Premier League. Over the last two years, Bellerin has gone from a player struggling to make an impact on loan at Watford to a potential candidate for Spain's Euro 2016 squad.

Unfortunately, Bellerin has been so good that he is starting to attract interest from the handful of clubs that can call themselves bigger than the Gunners. You can sense the anxiety amongst Arsenal fans, who remember the dark days of seeing their best players leave for pastures new.


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Many of those players, including Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, left for Manchester City and it is the Citizens who once again wish to dip their toes into Arsenal's talent pool.

According to El Confidencial, Pep Guardiola is a massive fan of the 21-year-old and would love to have him at the Etihad when he takes charge in the summer. The right-back position will likely be one that Guardiola will be looking to strengthen as both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna look finished.

Other interest

But Guardiola is not the only man interested in taking Bellerin away from north London. Carlo Ancelotti, who will succeed him at Bayern Munich this summer, also has eyes on the flying full-back and is ready to rival any move that City make.

Almost inevitably, the story also claims Barcelona are interested as they look for a long-term successor to Dani Alves' throne. Bellerin, of course, plied his early trade in Barcelona's academy before joining Arsenal in 2011. Moving back to Camp Nou would complete an identical journey to the one taken by Cesc Fabregas.


It is worth noting that this story is written by Kiki Marin, who has built himself a reputation as something of an Arsenal guru. He was the first to report on Bellerin's new contract with the Gunners last year, which he eventually signed in July.

He was also one of the first to report on Mesut Ozil's transfer from Real Madrid in 2013 and Alexis Sanchez's in 2014. Needless to say, anything he writes about Arsenal should be taken seriously.

Not for sale

With that in mind, Arsenal fans should not worry too much. Marin also says that Arsenal have no intention to sell Bellerin while the player himself is more than happy to stay at the Emirates for the foreseeable future. He wants to repay the faith that Arsene Wenger showed in him after he was given the opportunity to overtake Mathieu Debuchy.

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