Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is said to be ready to turn down an offer from his boyhood club Barcelona to sign a bumper new deal with the Gunners after being offered a long-term extension, the Metro reports.
The 20-year-old disposed of new signing Mathieu Debuchy last season, capitalising on the Frenchman’s injury woes to finish the season as the club’s first choice right-back.
Having made the move from the Nou Camp in 2011, he penned his first professional deal two years later before enjoying a strong breakthrough campaign last term.
Reports earlier in the year had claimed that Barcelona were looking into bringing him back to the club as an eventual successor to veteran Dani Alvez (via Daily Star) but Bellerin has no intentions of moving on anywhere.
The young Spaniard told the Daily Mail: “Last year was crazy for me.
“It was a beautiful year. I’ve played 30 games with the first team and I don’t consider myself one of the main players. But to be a regular in the first has been a great achievement. I am really happy and proud.
“Competition between players is always good. If you don’t have competition you relax and never improve. The fact we have three or four players who can play at right-back makes it better. It’s down to the boss.
“If I’d wanted to play there, I would have stayed there in the first place,” he added. “The fact that I came to Arsenal means that I want to play here.
“The job has just started and I am not thinking of going anywhere else. I just want to cement my place in the first team, get more games and hopefully stay for a long.”