Hector Bellerin delivered the news every Arsenal fan wanted to hear yesterday.
The highly-rated Spaniard has been linked with a return to Barcelona, but he shut down those rumours in an interview with the Evening Standard.
Gunners supports have seen several top players leave the Emirates in years gone by. Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas both sought European glory at Barcelona; Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri won Premier League titles with Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
Arsenal fans have heard false promises in the past, but it sounds as if Bellerin’s is genuine.
“If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there,” Bellerin said in response to a question about Barcelona’s interest.
“I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here.
“I’m not looking back, I’m just looking to help Arsenal.”
The 21-year-old has quickly developed into one of Arsenal’s key players. His pace and energy from right-back has improved the dynamics of the Gunners’ attack, and he’s very rarely found out of position in defence.
Behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, he’s probably the one player fans would want to stay the most.
Barcelona have given up
If a report in Spanish newspaper Sport is correct, then they can expect to see Bellerin in an Arsenal shirt for several years to come.
They claim that Barcelona have given up on signing Bellerin after receiving “direct information” that the Spain international will sign a contract extension in “one or two weeks”.
Of course, renewing his contract doesn’t mean Bellerin won’t depart north London. It does, however, show a certain level of commitment - and gives Arsenal room to reject any bids for the youngster than they deem unacceptable.
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