Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is keen to find a way out of the club, but potential suitors Bayern Munich have ruled out a move, according to a report.
Bellerin, one of the Gunners’ longest-serving stars, reportedly faces an uncertain future in the coming months.
The Spaniard has only made 15 Premier League appearances this term and 23 in all competitions.
The full-back reportedly feels “unsatisfied” with Arsenal’s season, despite their obvious improvement since Mikel Arteta took over.
However, Bayern – who were previously keen – have allegedly ended their interest. The German champions hold concerns over whether Bellerin can provide a solid defensive work rate.
Indeed, Bayern are reportedly aware a deal for Bellerin – worth £20million – will not set them back irreparably. Nevertheless, the Bavarians are unwilling to proceed with their interest.
Sky Germany adds that, despite Bellerin having three years left on his Arsenal deal, the Gunners could terminate his contract by mutual consent.
Bellerin’s reported desire for a move away coincides with a run of poor form this season. The defender has only won 41 per cent of his duels and 44 percent of battles in the air.
What’s more, the Spaniard has won the ball back in 65 per cent of his tackles, his lowest record since signing eight years ago.
ARTETA IMPRESSED WITH TIERNEY
Elsewhere, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised the progress made by Bellerin’s fellow full-back Kieran Tierney.
Scotland international Tierney has endured a disrupted first season with the Gunners due to injury.
However, he has looked impressive since the Premier League restarted. As such, Arteta says he has enjoyed working with the defender, calling the job a “pleasure”.