Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 Reuters

Prestigious Spanish newspaper Marca has picked both Liverpool prodigy Pedro Chirivella and Arsenal's in-form starlet Hector Bellerin as two of the 10 young players who can take the national team forward.

Chirivella, 17, joined the Anfield academy from Valencia in summer 2013 after Liverpool paid around £2m to secure his services.

Dubbed the new Xabi Alonso in Spain, recent reports claim Real Madrid are desperately trying to bring Chirivella back to his homeland.

Nevertheless, Brendan Rodgers is also closely monitoring his development and has already included him in a number of first-team training sessions during the last year.


Bellerin followed the footsteps of former Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas when in the summer of 2011 he left Barca's La Masia academy to move to the Emirates Stadium.

After spending part of last season on loan at Watford, Arsene Wenger promoted the right-back to the first-team squad in the summer following the departures of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City and Carl Jenkinson to West Ham.

Even though the 19-year-old used to play as a winger at Barcelona, he has now developed into an offensive right-back and seized on Mathieu Debuchy's injury earlier in the season to make his first-team debut against Borussia Dortmund in the first Champions League game of the campaign.

Bellerin then struggled to secure regular time with Wenger opting instead for Calum Chambers, but following Debuchy's latest injury Bellerin has finally made the breakthrough into the first-team, having excelled as a starter during the impressive victories over Stoke City, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Both Wenger and legendary English right-back Gary Nevile have recently praised Bellerin, expecting a bright future in the Premier League. Now Marca have recognised him, along with Chirivella, by including the duo in their "top ten Spanish jewels".

Manchester City forward Jose Angel Pozo, Newcastle target David Concha, Barcelona midfielder Jordi Samper and Real Madrid's new signing Marcos Asensio are also among the chosen ones alongside Real striker Borja Mayoral, Espanyol left-back Rube Duarte, Betis forward Dani Ceballos and Villarreal winger Matias Nahuel.