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Hector Bellerin 'ready to leave Arsenal this summer after decade-long stay in north London'

Published on: 22 July 2021

Hector Bellerin is prepared to leave Arsenal this summer following 10 years at the club, according to reports.

The right-back joined in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona's La Masia academy and has gone on to make 239 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.

But the 26-year-old featured in just three of the last 13 Premier League games of the 2020-21 season for Mikel Arteta's men, and The Telegraph claim he is now considering his future at the Emirates Stadium.

The report adds that while no clubs looking for a right-back this summer have made an official bid for the Spain international, Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as well as sides in his home country have been interested in him during the past year.

The same outlet claims competition for Bellerin could depend on Arsenal's willingness to consider an initial loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the upcoming campaign as opposed to a permanent deal upfront.

The Telegraph also report Arsenal are in the market to replace Bellerin should he leave, with Norwich right-back Max Aarons having been linked while Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares represent current options for Arteta.

There have also been suggestions that Ben White - who is due to have a medical at Arsenal next week after the club agreed a £50million fee with Brighton - could play as an inverted right-back.

The report on Bellerin however comes just a few days after Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta confirmed the Serie A giants' interest in the player.

When asked about signing Bellerin, Marotta told Sky Italia: 'His is a name that is mentioned by you, there's our interest, but I won't go any further, because he's not our player.'

PSG were also linked with a move for the Spaniard before they signed Achraf Hakimi from the Serie A champions, while LaLiga outfits Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis have also been mentioned.

Vice-captain Bellerin - who has earned four Spain caps to date - has won three FA Cups and the same number of Community Shields since making his senior Arsenal debut in 2013.


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