Hector Bellerin’s latest comments regarding a potential move to Barcelona have gotten the Spanish press all excited and you can sort of understand why.

Bellerin, who only signed a new deal with Arsenal at the end of last year, has given an interview to Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo, in which he speaks about being happy that his childhood team are interested in him, claimed that ‘anything can happen’ this summer and praised new coach, Ernesto Valverde.

“It is very nice to hear about the interest from a club like Barca, the club I grew up with from when I was a kid,” the right-back said.

“I do not know anything at the moment. I’m an Arsenal player, but we’ll see what happens.

“It’s something you don’t think about when you leave, because you do not know how things are going to go.

“I was lucky enough to join Arsenal, things have gone well, and now receiving this kind of news from Barca makes me happy, but that does not just depend on me.”

He added, “Of course [I have followed Valverde’s career]! He is a coach whose style will suit Barcelona very well. He had had a very good season with Athletic and I think he will fit in very well at Barca.”

So, what’s going on here? Bellerin’s latest comments sound slightly different to others he made recently about being happy at Arsenal and wanting to stay. In fact, you can understand why the Spanish press are getting excited.

At the end of May, the 22-year-old said, “I signed my contract for a reason. I signed it because I wanted to be here. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.

“Arsenal is the club that gave me the chance to be a professional and since the first time I met with the boss he’s always said if I progressed the right way I could be an Arsenal player for a long time.

“I’ve been here nearly six years and I love London. I’m still discovering the city.

“The other day, I was out in the car in east London thinking I’d never been there before. That’s what I like about the city.”

Arsene Wenger has always maintained that he wants to keep this current squad of players together so the chances of him actually selling Bellerin, who he’s only just tied down until 2023, aren’t high.

However, until now, we all thought that was what the player wanted as well and reports are now claiming that Arsenal are eyeing Djibril Sidibe as a replacement.

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