Arsenal right-back Bellerin plays down talk of Barcelona return

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The Gunners full-back insists that he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium for a “long time” and says that he would have remained with the Catalans if he wanted to play for them.

Arsenal right-back Bellerin plays down talk of Barcelona return

Hector Bellerin has made it clear he is not currently interested in a return to Barcelona as he is loving life at Arsenal.

The Spain international, 21, joined Arsenal from the Catalans in 2011 and has developed into a key figure at the Emirates Stadium since making his first-team debut in September 2013.

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Goal revealed back in September that Barca are set to renew their efforts to sign the full-back in the summer, with the club still searching for a long-term replacement for Dani Alves.

But Bellerin is adamant he is happy to stay at Arsenal and that he wants to remain with the club for a “long time”.

“If I wanted to play at Barcelona I would have stayed there,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I am not looking back, I am just looking to help Arsenal. It is nice for a player to know that big teams want you but I am very happy here.

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“I have still got three years left on my contract so I am just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal.

“I am not in a rush to extend my contract. I am happy. I am comfortable. I want to be here a long time.”

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