Arsenal have announced their right-back Hector Bellerin has signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The 21-year-old made his first-team Arsenal debut in September 2014 and has since established himself not only in Arsene Wenger’s plans, but also as one of the best full-backs in Europe.
The former Barcelona player has expressed his delight at signing a contract extension with the Gunners, saying he never thought about leaving.
“I’m really, really happy and this club is my home right now,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player.
“I’ve been here for more than five years now so I was really, really excited when the club told me that they wanted to extend my contract.
“I wasn’t thinking about anything else other than staying here and continuing my development here. This is where I’m happy. I’m just very grateful and pleased to have signed.
“Arsenal is not only about being a footballer, you have to be a good person to play here. That’s what everyone transmits inside the club. You represent more than just a football club.
“I’m a player who tries to be an example for everyone, not just on the pitch, but off it as well.”
This news is definitely a major boost for the Gunners, as Bellerin is already a key player in Wenger’s starting eleven despite being so young.
Bellerin is currently recovering from an ankle injury, which has ruled out of action until December 18th.
The talented defender has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since the start of the season, providing one assist in the Premier League against Chelsea two months ago.
Bellerin was heavily linked with moves to Manchester City and Barcelona over the past few months, but he’s now put an end to the transfer speculation by committing his future to the 13-time English champions.