Upon returning to Spain for u21s duty, Hector Bellerín has given an extensive interview to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) in which he’s spoken in great detail about City’s interest in him and his relationship with Mikel Arteta.
On the links to City, Bellerín said: “I know there has been interest from City, it’s a compliment. That a coach like Guardiola wants you in his ranks is very nice, that is what motivates me even more, a sign that things are going well, but I still have a long way to go and to improve.”
Then, when asked by the Catalan daily newspaper whether he’d prefer a move to City over a return to Barcelona he replied: “That is not true, I never said that, to begin with because I do not talk about these things out of respect for Arsenal. I would never talk about other teams.”
Finally, Bellerín spoke of his affection for the now Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta stating: “Mikel is a very honest person, he never wanted to take me there [to City]. Arteta is very special to me, he has been like a second father, he helped me a lot when I arrived at Arsenal, on and off the pitch, I have a lot of affection and respect for him.”
All in all these are quite interesting comments from Bellerín, who despite saying he doesn’t want to talk about other clubs out of his respect for Arsenal ends up doing exactly that. It’s well reported that City have a long-standing interest in Bellerín, with a story as recent as late-February on City’s interest in the player from the same newspaper.
It’s worth pointing out that Bellerín did sign a new 6-year contract back in November, meaning a move for the 22-year old defender would be eyewateringly expensive. But Arsenal-Manchester City is a well-trodden path and given Arsenal’s struggles in recent months and the uncertainty surrounding Wenger’s contract, who knows…