Arsene Wenger has warned Barcelona that Arsenal will fight to keep standout right-back Hector Bellerin.
Spain international Hector Bellerin, who left Barcelona for north London as a 16-year-old, has been reportedly linked with a return to Barcelona.
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre was quoted last month describing the 21-year-old as a “great player”, but Wenger is adamant Bellerin’s future lies at Arsenal.
“He has nearly three years to go, we always try to get the players to the [financial] level where we think they deserve to be,” Wenger said. “We will try to extend his contract, his long-term future is here.
“He has been absolutely fantastic. His first game was a nightmare. The season before he was at Watford where he didn’t play. His progress has been brilliant because he has absolutely top mental strength.”