According to Italian media, Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta that he wants to leave the club this summer in search of greener pastures. The 26-year-old right-back, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona's youth system in 2013, is Mikel Arteta's longest-serving player. The Portuguese wingback has made 239 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners in that time and has come to the point where he feels he requires a fresh challenge.
Bellerin wants a fresh start
He did start twenty-four of Arsenal's thirty-eight Premier League games last season but feels that being at the club from 2013 has stalled his progression at the club, and he now needs a new challenge for next season. Sky Sport Italian transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the Bellerin has been to Arteta's office in recent days seeking a transfer as he attempts to secure a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan. He continues that the player has even intimated that he will accept a loan deal to move away from the Gunners London base and back to Italy.
Inter Milan in pole position
The Italian journalist has also reported that Arsenal will be willing to allow Bellerin to go to Inter Milan on loan provided the contract includes an option to purchase the player at the end of the loan period. Global giants Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus have all enquired about the possibility of Bellerin joining them as they continue to search the market for reinforcements ahead of the new season.
Bellerin's contract extension, which he signed in 2016, is still valid for another two years, which puts the Gunners in the driving seat with regard to any negotiations with a team that would want to acquire Bellerin's services for next season.
Sports Betting website Paddy Power reports that former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes that although Bellerin's tenure at the club has been thwarted by injuries, his time at the club has come to an end. He added that he could not recall the player not going an entire season without at least one serious injury.
An injury-free Bellerin could be good again
Yes, Bellerin's tenure at Arsenal has been interrupted by injuries, but when he has played, he has been a vital cog in Arteta's squad. If he can engineer the move to Inter Milan for next season and stay injury-free, he could regain his best form in a new and fresh environment.