Hector Bellerin says he’s glad he took the controversial decision to swap Barcelona for Arsenal as the gamble has paid off.
The Camp Nou outfit were furious when Arsene Wenger swooped for Bellerin – and fellow prospect Jon Toral – four years ago with then president Sandro Rosell labelling the deal, ‘legal but immoral’.
The carrot dangled by the Gunners – aside from not having to hang out with hideous cunts like Dani Alves – was the prospect of following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas; a path that the defender has since undertaken with trademark pace.
Reflecting on his rise from highly-rated academy prospect to first choice right-back in the space of a year, Bellerin told Sky Sport’s Revista de La Liga:
“It has paid off. I am very happy with the decision I made. It was hard, but I always say the train comes just once and you either take it or you don’t.
“I took it and I am very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and very happy to be in the position I am in today.
“I’ve always said the reason I came to Arsenal is because I want to stay here and I am not thinking about going anywhere else.”
Looking back on the philosophy instilled in him at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, the defender added:
“Barcelona is an academy where you are taught to play the Barcelona way, all the players can play the ball well and it’s all the same philosophy since you are young to playing in the first team.
“That’s very important, even young players when they come into the first team they know what to do because they have been doing it for years.”