Hector Bellerin has admitted his desire to stay at Real Betis beyond his current arrangements, ruling out a return to Arsenal.
It has been around seven years since Hector Bellerin broke into the Arsenal side due to multiple injuries to senior right-backs at the time. He took his opportunity with both hands, cementing his place on the right side of the Gunners’ defence under Arsene Wenger and then Unai Emery.
However, since January of this year, his form has tailed off as Mikel Arteta explored many other options in his position. The signing of Cedric Soares hasn’t worked out to the manager’s liking, while Calum Chambers proved inconsistent when allowed a series of games in the position.
Arsenal solved their issue in the area by signing Takehiro Tomiyasu on transfer deadline day, and the Japan international has proven to be the right choice. Having played four games so far, Tomiyasu has helped the Gunners keep three clean sheets while conceding just once against Tottenham.
While the Japan international’s move to the Emirates transpired, Bellerin moved to La Liga club Real Betis on a loan deal around the same time. The Spanish side does not have an option to buy, but the full-back desires to prolong his career with the La Liga side beyond the agreed arrangements.
Bellerin made over 230 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal and has reiterated his stance on the future. The full-back has lost interest in prolonging his career in north London, believing his cycle with the club is over.
Sports Mole posted some of the comments Bellerin made to Spanish outlet El Desmarque about his future and how a return to Arsenal is an unlikely prospect.
Bellerin said, “I don’t know, but I’ve always said if I didn’t want to be here next season, I wouldn’t have come from the beginning. There are many things to be decided, but what I want to do is enjoy this season that I am here. And what has to happen will happen.”
Bellerin has played four times for his new club in La Liga, providing one assist. His performances have been decent so far, and at the end of his loan agreement, Betis might explore the chance to sign him permanently, probably at a discounted price, given his contract at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2023.