Bellerin will ‘almost certainly’ stay with Arsenal, says Monreal

Date published: Friday 16th June 2017 9:01

Hector Bellerin will “almost certainly” remain at Arsenal next season despite continued speculation over a move to Barcelona, according to Nacho Monreal.

Bellerin’s Gunners team-mate is sure 22-year-old Bellerin will stay put at The Emirates.

Barca have been tracking the full-back over the last 12 months, while Pep Guardiola is also believed to be interested in taking the speedy full-back to Manchester City.

Monreal though, who signed a new contract with the club last November, has backed the Spain Under-21 international to stay.

“He’s an Arsenal player and almost certainly he will stay here,” Monreal told Mundo Deportivo.

“Hector is a very important player for us and the boss [Wenger] has already reiterated that he counts on him.

“Now they will have to negotiate between the clubs and we will see what happen but almost for sure he will continue with us.”

Bellerin’s agent Albert Botines in May admitted an offer had come in for the player.

“Before he signed his renewal there were six or seven clubs interested in him, and that made him understand he was doing the right things,” Botines told Goal.

“After he signed the renewal there were only two or three clubs who kept up their interest in Bellerin.

“I have read lots of things about this supposed interest from Barcelona but it has been a long time since the club last called me.

“You never know what is going to happen in the future in the football world and of course he signed a renewal with a view to stay at Arsenal for a long time.”

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