Manchester City and Barcelona are set to miss out on Spain right-back Héctor Bellerín, after the Arsenal man’s agent confirmed that he is close to signing a new contract at the Emirates.
21-year-old Bellerín has been constantly linked with a move to City, and it is said that he is a big admirer of fellow Catalan, Pep Guardiola, who is in charge of the club.
However, Bellerín’s agent, Albert Botines, has told The Guardian that his client is on the verge of extending his current deal, which still has two years left to run. Botines said:
“We are speaking and are now a lot closer than we were two weeks ago. In a normal situation he will sign.
“Hector is very happy at Arsenal. This would be the fourth time he has signed a new contract at the club and it is clear he has made good progress.”
It was reported last month that Bellerín was tempted by interest from Manchester City, and had a preference to work with Guardiola, but it appears that he will stay in London after all.
Leading Arsenal fan site, Arseblog, reports that the speedy full-back has already put pen to paper, ending any hopes City and his former club Barcelona have of luring him away from the capital.
City could have a Héctor Bellerín of their own in the ranks, after 19-year-old Pablo Maffeo shone in the recent EFL Cup game against a near full strength Manchester United, turning heads after a gutsy performance up against Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.