Hector Bellerin arrived from Barcelona to London at 16 years of age, and is now the club’s first choice right back.
The young Spaniard has impressed with his lightning feet, his defensive nous, his attacking verve, and his marvellous ‘Spockney’ accent. He’s come a long way very quickly, and next month will face his old club in the Champions League.
In a lengthy interview with Amuse, he spoke about how much he was looking forward to the game, playing the best team in Europe.
“I’m excited,” he said. “My family as well! I played for Barcelona for eight years, so it’s a massive thing for me and my family, who have been watching me since I was young.
“The day the draw was announced I started getting texts and calls from everyone. It’s crazy how a game moves so many people. We’re very excited – it’s going to be a hard game, but if we did it against Bayern, then we can do it against Barcelona.
“We have a great team mentality and our confidence is very high, so we fancy anyone at the moment.”
The 20 year old has shown maturity beyond his years on the pitch, and that seems to be present off it too. On the best piece of advice he was given about his new-found fame, he said, “Well, once I was told—in Spanish, so I’m not sure how it’ll translate—that when it comes to critics and fame: chew it, but don’t swallow it. Even if it’s nice to have people telling you all this stuff, don’t believe it.
“You should always keep yourself grounded, to know where you came from, how you were when you were young and how your family lived before you. I think that was great advice.”
Top man. There’s lots more to read in the interview about his life, fashion, and more.