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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Revealed! Why Hector Bellerin Rejected Barcelona For Arsenal

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has opened up on the decision that brought him to the Premier League.


Bellerin spent eight years in Barcelona’s academy before joining Arsenal in 2011 at the age of 16.


The full-back made his debut two years later coming on as a substitute in a match against West Brom.


Bellerin who was omitted from Spain's squad for the 2018 World Cup, has become a regular under Arsene Wenger and looks set to remain a key man in the Starting XI under new manager Unai Emery.


And Bellerin has praised Arsene Wenger for helping him move to the Premier League.


"When footballers in Europe turn 16, they can sign working contracts, which means they can go abroad,” Bellerin told Wealthsimple’s Money Diaries.


“I was playing with FC Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, and when I turned 16, I thought I would stay with Barca.


"But I wasn't feeling like they were showing me on paper what they were saying — let’s put it that way. I'm not talking just financially, but also in terms of my path into the first team.


"Halfway through that year, I got the call that Arsenal were interested in me. So, I went to London, saw the facilities, met with the boss, and they made me an offer.


"Everything looked so great, and my path into the first team was clear — obviously as long as I worked hard and I was reaching my targets. I like challenges and adventures.


"Even though people might have thought I was putting myself in a tough position by leaving my country and my family, it was actually quite easy, and exciting.”


Since his debut for Arsenal, Bellerin has established himself as one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League.


He has been liked with a return to Barcelona although a move is very unlikely since Unai Emery is keen to keep him.


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