Bellerin hints that he won't return to Arsenal after Real Betis loan
Hector Bellerin hints that he won’t return to Arsenal after his Real Betis loan after falling out of favour with Mikel Arteta as Spanish defender says emotional pull of playing for his favourite club was greater than money
- Right-back was sent out on loan by Arsenal to Real Betis on deadline day
- It came after the Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu to play in his position
- Bellerin had fallen behind Calum Chambers in the pecking order last season
- 26-year-old welcomed the opportunity to sign for club he supported as a boy
- And he has hinted he may stay with the Seville club longer than just one season
Hector Bellerin has hinted he has no intention of returning to Arsenal when his season-long loan at Real Betis ends.
The Spanish right-back supported Betis as a boy and accepted a move there on deadline day at the end of August as the Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu to play his position.
Bellerin, 26, had been phased out of the Arsenal side during last season, with manager Mikel Arteta preferring Calum Chambers on the right side of defence.
Hector Bellerin has suggested that he won’t return to Arsenal after the end of his Betis loan
The Spanish right-back has played four times so far for the club he supported as a child
And after playing no part in Arsenal’s opening four games this season, he accepted the move to Spain having consulted with an analytics company to check Betis would suit him.
Bellerin has since played in four LaLiga matches for his new club and has apparently already decided he might stay there beyond this season.
Asked about his future plans in an interview with El Desmarque, he said: ‘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.”
‘There are many things to be decided but what I want to do is enjoy the year that I am here. And what has to happen will happen.’
Bellerin seemed to fall out of favour with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during last season
Bellerin has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract after this one and so the Gunners would be pushed to sell next summer to make any money from him.
It has been reported that Bellerin took a sizeable pay cut to join Betis, the club his father also supported and he appeared to confirm that.
‘It is clear that money is something important, because it is our job,’ he said.
‘But I think that in football, that love of sport, of the club, is being lost. And for me, after having understood and had that feeling since childhood, there are things you put ahead [of money].
Bellerin appeared to confirm he took a sizeable pay cut in order to push through the Betis loan
‘This year-and-a-half that has just passed has made us rethink many things.
‘For me and for everyone it was an effort to carry out the operation not only from the point of view of money and how much it cost us to get here.
‘In the end, those efforts pay off and I had other priorities when making my decision.’
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