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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Hector Bellerin is set to be offered a new deal.
The defender has established himself as one of our best players since breaking into the first team in 2013. His performances have attracted Manchester City and Barcelona with both clubs said to be keen on signing the Spaniard.
Arsenal are unwilling to lose the youngster and rejected all approaches for him in the summer, insisting he is not for sale at any price, yet, the reports have refused to go away. We have now moved to end those speculations by offering him a new deal.
The defender still has three years left in his current deal but we want to secure his future by extending his contract. When questioned about the defender’s new deal and whether the club wants to keep hold of the defender amidst the interest in his services, Wenger said:
“Of course. That is why I’m surprised by the speculation. He has nearly three years to go and we always try to get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be. So we try to extend, certainly, his contract. We will try to extend his contract as well, but for me, his long-term future is here.
“He has been absolutely fantastic. Let’s not forget that his first game he had a nightmare when I played him and he was the year before at Watford (on loan) and he didn’t play. His progress has been absolutely spectacular because he has absolutely top mental strength; I think he loves as well to be here and he has responsibilities already in the dressing room for such a young age. It’s something remarkable.
“I think now that you do not necessarily have to play where you were born. Modern life is not exactly like that and what is important is that the player meets his needs where he is and his values, and I think he integrated very well the values of our club and he came at a very, very young age of 15-and-a-half, 16 years of age. I think he is a real Arsenal player.”
Who wouldn’t want to keep its best players? However, it takes more than just the desire to keep a player to ensure he stays as the player must be willing to stay too. Luckily, Bellerin appears happy with us and the club won’t have a lot of work to do to convince him to sign a new deal.
Like Wenger said, one doesn’t necessarily have to play where he was born and hopefully that would sink into the defender’s head to help him handle Barcelona’s interest in order to avoid what happened with Cesc Fabregas in 2011
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