Arsenal star Hector Bellerin says he is "happy" with reports linking him with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United because that means he is doing a good job. However, the Spaniard insists he is happy at the Emirates Stadium, but refused to confirm whether he would consider a return to the Catalan giants should they make him a formal offer.
The 21-year-old right-back decided to follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas in 2011 after leaving the prolific La Masia academy to move to north London. Bellerin has since moved through Arsenal youth ranks, developing into one of the best full-backs around Europe, and been named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year. He has been rewarded by Vicente Del Bosque with a spot in his Spanish reserves ahead of the Euro 2016.
Reports of a potential return to the Nou Camp in a move identical to Fabregas' in 2011 have emerged recently in the Spanish press. They intensified earlier this week after it emerged that Dani Alves could move to Juventus as a free agent during the coming summer transfer window.
The Spanish publications claim that any deal will not be easy as, according to Sport, Arsenal will demand at least €40m (£30.4m, $45m) to part with the player. Mundo Deportivo adds that the competition to secure his services will be intense, as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich are also interested.
Bellerin has now addressed those rumours in an interview with Cadena Cope after the reports suggested that he had been contacted by Barcelona officials a month ago as they sought out his intentions for the future. The Spaniard however says that those are questions for his agent rather than for him, but admitted he is flattered to be linked with big clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United.
"Well, the truth is that right know this does not interest me because I focus on the national team. For those things I have an agent who deals with off-the-field issues," the Arsenal star said. "When you have a good season, always news like this emerges. I am very misinformed about it, these are questions for my agent, but I am happy to attract the interest of such big clubs, that's always nice."
"I have said it before: I am very happy where I am and I do not think about anything else than the national team."
But questioned whether he would consider a return to Barcelona in the future, he replied: "The things, until they come, you never know what to do, my agent does this job."
And speaking about the potential departure of Alves, he added: "I do not know very well what's happening at Barcelona. If Alves leaves they will need a new right-back but there are a lot of good players around Europe."