Hector Bellerin drops hint over Arsenal future
Arsenal loanee Hector Bellerin appears to have confirmed where he currently hopes to be next season in an interview with El Desmarque.
Bellerin departed the Emirates in the summer after a difficult spell in Mikel Arteta’s side. He joined Real Betis for the campaign.
And he is off to a promising start. The 26-year-old has seen out 90 minutes in four of the five La Liga games since joining. He also provided an assist in the draw with Espanyol.
It is hard to imagine Bellerin playing for the Gunners again. He is not a young player, being loaned out for experience.
And Arsenal have strengthened their options at right-back with the move to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna in the summer.
It is too soon to say what the future holds for the Spaniard. But when asked where he saw himself next June, Bellerin appeared to suggest that he would be very open to extending his stay with Los Verdiblancos.
“I don’t know, but I’ve always said it: if I didn’t want to be here next year, I wouldn’t have come from the beginning,” he told El Desmarque. “There are many things to be decided but what I want to do is enjoy this year that I am here. And what has to happen will happen.”
Further move away looks best for all parties as Bellerin hints at wanting permanent Arsenal exit
Much can change between now and the end of the season. Tomiyasu is also a centre-back. So the door is perhaps open for both players to be involved in the Arsenal lineup next term.
And of course, Mikel Arteta still has plenty to prove before he is accepted as the right man to take Arsenal forward in the long-term.
Those factors could impact what the future holds for Bellerin. But, right now, it does seem that a permanent exit would be best for all parties.