Arsenal announced on their official website that Spain international right-wing back Héctor Bellerín who had served the club for 11-years, has agreed to return to boyhood club Barcelona after he has mutually terminating his contract with the club.
Subsequently, Barcelona also issued a statement on their official website to confirm the news, and stated that Bellerín signed a one-year short-term contract with the club until next summer, with a release clause set at €50million.
Upon rejoining his new club, Bellerín did not forget to thank Arsenal through his official social platform and bid the fans goodbye.
Bellerín wrote that he is very grateful to the club, head coach Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg, Mikel Arteta, the coaching staff and all the teams working behind-the-scenes for their development and nurture over the years, he thank all his past teammates for their help, and thank the fans for the warm support and encouragement that they have given him over the years, he will never forget this big club in London, and said that “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner”.
Of course, Bellerín did not forget to shout to the Barça fans that he was very happy to be able to continue his journey in the club that he had joined since he was 7 years old after so many years had passed.
Bellerín, 27, was a born and raised Catalan, as well as Spaniard who was born in Barcelona born on March 19, 1995. Just as he said, Bellerín joined Barcelona‘s famous La Masia youth academy since he was 7, and has played for the youth sides of the club across various age group for 8 years.
In the summer of 2011, Bellerín transferred to Arsenal’s youth academy for £50,000 after being discovered by the club’s legendary former French head coach Arsene Wenger.
Bellerín was promoted to the first team in 2012, and was originally scheduled to be loaned to Watford for a season the following year, however due to an injury crisis for the club’s defenders midway through the season, Bellerín was recalled after just two months on-loan.
After returning to the team, Bellerín made his first-team debut in September 2014. Since the following year, he has established himself as a key player in the team with his strong performances, being named the PFA Player of The Year, and won the England Community Shield and the FA Cup twice.
Bellerín, who was just appointed as one of the club’s vice-captains in the summer of 2019, unfortunately suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and was sidelined for 9 months during the Premier League match against local-rivals Chelsea in January 2020. When he returned to the team in October of the same year, Bellerín had begun to lose his pace and explosiveness. Despite this, he still managed to lead his club to win his third FA Cup in his career.
Last season, with the arrival of Benjamin White, Nuno Tavares and Takehiro Tomiyasu, Bellerín, who had completely lost his place in the team, returned to La Liga on-loan and played for Real Betis, where he made 32 times in all competitions, assisted 5 times and led the club to win the Copa Del Rey.
Looking back at the total statistics of Bellerín’s Arsenal career, he has played 239 times for the Gunners in all competitions in 11 years, scoring 9 goals and assisting 29 times, with a total playing time of 19,695 minutes.
It is worth mentioning that some British media have speculated Bellerín is likely to permanently switch to Real Betis this summer, however as Los Verdiblancos was also restricted by La Liga’s salary cap limit, thus the probability of the 27-year year old who has been capped four times by the senior Spanish national team returning to the club is extremely unlikely.
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