Hector Bellerin has pledged his future to Arsenal.
On the same day that FC Barcelona’s club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, mentioned the Arsenal youngster as a potential replacement for Dani Alves, Bellerin has reportedly put pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
The Catalan boy had been a second-string option for the Gunners since joining the club’s youth ranks in 2011. However, an impressive show during last summer’s Emirates Cup brought him much closer to Arsene Wenger’s first team despite the addition of Calum Chambers.
The 20-year-old has been a promising deputy at right-back in the absence of the injured Mathieu Debuchy, and the Gunners have now moved to avoid any uncertainty over his future this summer.
According to respected Spanish journalist Kike Marin, Hector Bellerin has signed an extension to his current deal, committing him to Arsenal until 2019.
The fullback’s original contract which was set to run out in 2017 saw him earn £10,000 a week but Bellerin’s new deal is likely to triple his wages as he cements his place in Wenger’s starting eleven.
Before he signed his first professional contract in July 2013, two years after his arrival at Arsenal, Bellerin had spent much of his childhood at Barcelona.
The Spaniard marked his progress in the Premier League with his first ever goal for the Gunners during last month’s 5-0 victory over Aston Villa.
That sublime strike and several accomplished displays at right-back has caught the eye of his former club Barcelona who are reportedly intent on pulling off another Fabregas-esque saga to bring Bellerin back to Spain.