Hector Bellerin says he’s in no rush to extend his Arsenal contract, which still has three years left to run, but also that he’s happy at Arsenal and isn’t thinking about anything other than achieving things with the Gunners.
The Spanish international has been repeatedly linked with a move back to his home-town club of Barcelona, and there was keen interest from Man City during the summer which Arsenal knocked back in no uncertain terms.
But speaking at a Call of Duty launch last night (Hector is a massive gamer), he said of the Catalan giants, “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. 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.”
And ahead of the North London derby, there’s no lack of understanding as to how important a game it is for the club and the fans.
“You don’t need to be told,” he said. “You just know. It’s like a rule you just learn when you come into the club and you can see when you interact with fans how important it is to them.
“Even though you haven’t been in the country a long time, even the new players like Granit and Lucas know how important it is for the whole club to win the game.
“We know it’s going to be hard but we have a team of winners and we’re going to do our best.”