Hector Bellerin may have bid a tearful farewell to the Real Betis fans but he has made it clear that he wishes to return to the club.
The right-back played an important role in Betis’ Copa del Rey-winning season and it’s understood coach Manuel Pellegrini would love the club to complete a permanent deal.
Having taken a wage cut to secure last summer’s loan move to the Estadio Benito Villamarín, it sounds like Bellerin, who is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2023, will have to do the same again to facilitate any negotiations while simultaneously hoping that Arsenal don’t set too a high transfer fee.
Acknowledging his close attachment to both clubs, he told Betis TV [relayed by Sportshala] that he faces a summer of uncertainty.
“For now, I have to go back (to London)”, he said. “I have spoken with the two clubs and I have made my position clear to them.
“There are two months ahead to look for the best start for everyone. I made an effort to come and I am willing to make any effort so that this continues to be my home because I am happy.
“It is also true that I had very nice moments in London, in England. Arsenal has given me a lot; the opportunity to be a professional.
“If I leave it, it will be difficult, but hopefully everything goes as we want.
“It has been a season that I have enjoyed a lot. I now have a few days to digest everything that has happened this year and to prepare myself for what is to come.
“In my situation, there is a bit of uncertainty and I want to be prepared for it.
“When I stopped in the street I’ve always shown and said that I feel very comfortable here and that I want to be here, but it is not as easy as that. So, let’s see how the summer goes and hopefully it can happen.”