Report: 'Exceptional' Arsenal player may yet stay at the Emirates despite rumours he wants to leave
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin may yet have a future at the Emirates Stadium.
This is according to TEAMtalk, who claim the Gunners full-back is yet to decide on his future.
Bellerin joined Arsenal back in 2011, when he was still a teenager.
He was handed his debut by Arsene Wenger and many Arsenal fans were convinced that he’d be a future captain.
Sadly, a terrible knee injury really hurt his confidence and he never quite recovered from that.
The 26-year-old wanted to return to his native Spain in the summer and Mikel Arteta granted him his wish.
Bellerin has enjoyed a new lease of life at Real Betis, making 31 appearances and winning the Copa del Rey in April.
The Mirror recently reported that Bellerin has decided he wants to join Real Betis on a permanent deal.
However, TEAMtalk has cited sources claiming that’s not the case.
The right-back will reportedly make a decision after he returns to Arsenal at the end of the season.
Could Bellerin remain at Arsenal?
Although Takehiro Tomiyasu has excelled at right-back, his recent injury highlighted a need for strength in depth.
Indeed, Arteta has suggested himself that he could be planning for having Bellerin back in his squad next term.
“Any player with a contractual obligation with us, both ways, is our player and is considered our player,” he said.
“Every plan considers that possibility (that Bellerin could stay) exists and how they can fit into our team.”
Arteta deemed him an “exceptional player and an incredible person” when he left on loan last year.
With Arsenal closing in on Champions League qualification, they’ll need strength in depth.
Could Arteta convince a rejuvenated Bellerin to stay?
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