Watch: Hector Bellerin speak for first time after signing new Arsenal deal

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Arsenal fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief at today's news, after it was confirmed that young full-back Hector Bellerin had finally put pen-to-paper on a contract extension with the club.

The new six-year-deal will see the Spanish international now pick up a whopping £100,000-per-week wage packet, highlighting just how valued he is at the Emirates right now.

It had been rumoured that Bellerin's boyhood club Barcelona had been keen to bring him back, but he waved away the speculation to give fans some small comfort.

But negotiations were taking longer than expected, and having established himself as one of the best young right-backs in the world, it made good business to reach an agreement quickly.

Despite still being at the tender young age of 21, he made 36 appearances for the club last season, forcing experienced international Mathieu Debuchy out of the side (and the club).

He's continued the good form with another 11 appearances this term, but is currently sidelined with an ankle injury he picked up during this month's north London derby against Tottenham.

But the deal is now done, and he has been handsomely rewarded for his form with a £30million deal, which should now stop the Barca rumours dead in their tracks, if his comments hadn't done that already...

A statement on the official Arsenal website confirmed: "Hector Bellerin has signed a new long-term contract.

"The 21-year-old has developed into one of the Premier League’s outstanding full-backs since breaking into the first team in 2014/15.

"We look forward to Hector’s continued progress with the club in the years to come."

Pushing on

Bellerin missed last weekend's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, and was replaced by Carl Jenkinson, who returned to the club over the summer from a loan spell with West Ham.

However, bar some miraculous run of form from the young Englishman, Bellerin will reclaim his spot in the side once he regains full fitness.

But Bellerin must be careful not to rest on his laurels and continue to improve despite his new found fortune.

All the noises he's made so far would suggest that he has a natural hunger to succeed, but time and again young players haven't lived up to the hype and he won't want to fall into that category.

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