Hector Bellerin has revealed that he is not in a hurry to extend his contract with Arsenal but made it clear that he is very happy in north London and is looking to stay at the club for the foreseeable future despite interest from his boyhood club Barcelona. The Spanish defender's current deal runs through to the summer of 2019 and Arsene Wenger confirmed that the club are keen to tie him down to a new deal.
The Catalan club are looking for a replacement for Dani Alves, who departed this summer to join Juventus and have publicly declared their interest in resigning Bellerin, who came up through their famed La Masia academy before joining Arsenal in 2011. The Arsenal right-back admitted that interest from the top clubs is flattering, but is looking to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
"If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there. I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I'm not looking back, I'm just looking to help Arsenal. It's nice for a player to know that big teams want you but I'm very happy here," Bellerin said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"I've still got three years left on my contract so I'm just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal. I'm not in a rush to extend the contract. I'm happy. I'm comfortable. I want to be here a long time," the Spain international explained.
Bellerin has become a main stay in the Arsenal starting XI following his breakthrough at the start of last season, and is now considered one of the best right-back's in the league if not Europe. He made the PFA team of the year last season, and has continued to impress this campaign, both in defence and in his ability to provide an added avenue in attack.
He was also drafted into the senior team owing to his impressive performances and made his debut against Bosnia-Herzegovina in May this year, and injuries senior players saw him drafted into the Spain team for their Euro 2016 campaign