Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin’s days with Arsenal may shortly come to a close. However, inter Milan’s rumored interest in Bellerin may ignite his departure from North London. Speaking to Sky Sports, Inter Milan CEO Guiseppe Marotta stated the following…
“Hector Bellerin is a player we’re following… but I can’t say more. Alex Telles? I can’t exclude this possibility but we’re making our plans and we’ll see. We’re now planning to keep our best players after selling Hakimi”.Inter Milan CEO Guiseppe Marotta Speaking to Sky Sports (via Fabrizio Romano)
Born in Barcelona, Bellerin started at FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. Initially a right-winger, Bellerin eventually shifted further back to defense. Despite his Spanish roots, Bellerin’s played his entire senior career with Arsenal. Bellerin transferred to Arsenal’s academy from FC Barcelona in 2011. However, due to limited opportunities available at Camp Nou, Bellerin instead switched to Arsenal. Rapidly progressing through Arsenal’s youth setup, Bellerin impressed with an initial loan move to Watford. And later broke into the first team in 2015.
With injuries to senior players Mathieu Debuchy, Nacho Monreal, and others earning Bellerin his first UEFA Champions League start. Despite a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund, Bellerin’s excellent performances continued throughout the 2015 season. Firmly etching his spot as Arsenal FC’s first-choice right-back for years to come. Bellerin’s excellent pace was his strongest ability. With Bellerin subsequently breaking speedster Theo Walcott’s Arsenal speed record.
Hector Bellerin’s future
However, despite his initially promising start, injuries and lack of form have crippled Bellerin’s potential in recent years. Although Bellerin’s excellent pace largely remains, his lack of massive improvement from his youth significantly hurt his ability. Despite never being a bad player, his consistently mediocre seasons frustrated Arsenal fans and the club itself.
Despite a lack of quality right-backs behind Dani Carvajal, Bellerin only made 4 appearances for the Spanish national team. Also going unused at Euro 2016, his last national tournament with Spain. With his exit from North London imminent, Bellerin’s seven-year tenure at Arsenal goes out on a whimper. Rather than the blistering heights expected from the Spaniard. Along with Arsenal’s other departures, this looks to be a summer of change for the gunners.