Hector Bellerin’s agent, Albert Botines, has confirmed that while he did receive an offer for his client after the right-back signed a contract extension with Arsenal, it wasn’t from Barcelona.
- Agent claims ‘six or seven’ clubs interested in Bellerin before he signed contract extension
- Only received one offer since
- Not had contact with Barcelona for long time
- Bellerin recently confirmed Manchester City interest
Barcelona were heavily linked with a move for Bellerin late last year. However, the Spaniard temporarily put an end to those rumours by signing a new deal with the Gunners, taking him up until 2023.
Although the reports linking Bellerin with a move back ‘home’ died down slightly for a couple of months, as we approach the summer, they’ve started back up again, despite the Catalans allegedly not being keen on his £34m price tag.
Speaking recently, however, his agent insisted that while there were plenty of clubs interested in Bellerin before his extension, he hasn’t heard from Barca in a long time.
“Before he signed his renewal there were six or seven clubs interested in him, and that made him understand he was doing the right things,” Botines told Goal.
“After he signed the renewal there were only two or three clubs who kept up their interest in Bellerin, and I have to say I only received one offer for him and it is not from Barcelona.
“I have read lots of things about this supposed interest from Barcelona but it has been a long time since the club last called me.
“You never know what is going to happen in the future in the football world and of course he signed a renewal with a view to stay at Arsenal for a long time.
“But you never know, maybe there’s a club who likes him and things change.
“I can’t guarantee anything about the future but the natural thing would be for him to stay because he has signed a renewal.”
Manchester City were also linked with a move for Bellerin last year with Bellerin even saying, “I know there has been interest from City, a compliment that a coach like Guardiola in your ranks is very nice, that is what motivates me even more, a sign that things are going well, but I still have a long way to go to improve.
Perhaps they’re the team that put in the offer.