Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin says it feels ‘special’ for him to be linked with a summer move to Barcelona.
Bellerin, who was a former youth player at Barca, has been inked with a return to Spain for 12 months now as he continues to develop into one of the best right-backs in the Premier Leaue.
The 22-year-old signed a deal last November that keeps him at Arsenal until 2023, but despite this he is flattered by the rumoured interest.
Bellerin told Spanish newspaper Sport:
‘It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona, that’s special.
‘I don’t forget I grew up in that home and I will never forget my stay at Barcelona.’
Bellerin left Barcelona in 2011 due to frustrations at a lack of pathways into the first team, and has previously said how he felt underappreciated at the Catalan club.
However circumstances have changed at Barcelona, and right back has become a consistently problematic position for Luis Enrique’s team.
First choice Aleix Vidal suffered a season ending ankle injury in February, Sergi Roberto has regularly – and often unconvincingly – played at right wing back, and defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano has forced to play the position.
Such have been Barca’s issues, there were rumours they were planning a move for Stoke City full back Glen Johnson in the January transfer window.