According to the Independent, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is risking the ire of manager Arsene Wenger after accepting Spain’s call-up to represent the U21s in this summer’s European Championship.
“I really want to play in the (European U21 Championships). Representing Spain is very important. If Celades gives me the chance, I’ll be there. Those are opinions of the managers. I have to keep working. The truth is that I had a difficult injury but I think that I am at 100 percent now and I’ll try to prove it when I get the chance.” said Bellerin to the International Business Times in April.
The Gunners full-back has struggled for form after recovering from an ankle injury in January and was briefly removed from the first-team as a result of his performances. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced him at right wing-back for a number of games, but Bellerin looks to end the season back in his natural position as a result of the former’s injury. His manager, however, believes he should use this summer to earn much-needed rest.
“It’s not ideal after a long season. He should have a rest and prepare for next season. The Spanish players love to play for their country and I think he will go as he loves to play for Spain,” Wenger said last month. Bellerin has made 32 Premier League appearances this season. He’s not looked the same player in the second-half of the campaign but could recapture his form for his country in the Championships.
It’s certainly a risk going against the manager’s wishes, especially given Wenger dropped Bellerin for a number of matches in favour for Oxlade-Chamberlain this season. But it seems the former Barcelona man will go ahead and represent Spain nevertheless.