Hector Bellerin has confirmed, again, that he is staying at Arsenal, admitting the question is ‘crazy’.

The Spanish defender has been linked with a number of exits over the past few seasons but has always been adamant about his desire to remain with Arsenal.

“It is crazy that people ask me these questions all the time,” he said.

“A few years ago I signed a very long-term contract. I have never said that I have wanted to be anywhere else. I am very happy in London. I am very happy at this club.

“The club have made me who I am and gave me the chance to be the footballer I am today. So I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Bellerin was also given the number two shirt ahead of the new season, moving from 24 to the vacant number that was freed when Mathieu Debuchy was sold.


Previous owners of the #2 shirt include Abou Diaby, Lee Dixon, Michael Thomas, Viv Anderson, the hateful Stewart Robson, Colin Hill, John Devine, John Holins, and, of course, Pat Rice.

Back in June, Unai Emery was reportedly quick to block any talk of Bellerin leaving the club. Bellerin was reportedly told he was one of five ‘untouchables’ at the club who would not be allowed to leave. That came at a time when Juventus were still being heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old.

Bellerin is under contract until 2023 after signing a whopping six-and-a-half-year deal in 2016.

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