Bellerin signs new Arsenal contract

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The Spain international had been linked with a move back to Barcelona, while Manchester City were also reportedly interested, but he has committed his future to the Gunners

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has signed a long-term contract extension to end speculation over his future.

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The Spain international, 21, had been a target for his former side Barcelona, who saw him as a potential long-term replacement for Dani Alves, while Pep Guardiola was reportedly interested in taking him to Manchester City.

Bellerin distanced himself from a potential move back to Catalunya, though, insisting he would have stayed if he wanted to play for the Blaugrana.

While he says he has been frustrated by the Gunners turning him into a right-back, an agreement over a new contract has seemed imminent. 

The new deal for Bellerin comes as a major boost to Arsenal, who are also locked in renewal negotiations with star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom are out of contract in 2018.

Bellerin joined Arsenal's academy from Barca in 2011 and made his debut in September 2013.

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Following a loan spell at Watford, the right-back established himself in the Gunners' first-team from the 2014-15 campaign and was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season.

Bellerin was an ever-present in the 2016-17 Premier League, until suffering an ankle injury on international duty with Spain's Under-21 team earlier this month. He missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and is expected to spend four weeks on the sidelines.

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