Hector Bellerin has admitted that he chose to depart Arsenal this summer’s transfer market to win trophies, following his loan transfer to Real Betis.
The 26-year-old decided to sign for Manuel Pellegrini’s side on deadline day, sealing the temporary switch to his boyhood club for the 2021-22 season.
Bellerin revealed that his father, a lifelong fan of Los Verdiblancos, was a key reason for his transfer to the La Liga side, though the Spanish defender also stressed that he hasn’t joined the club “on vacation”.
“Many things are talked about in the market and my father always said that he had to go to Betis, that dream was fulfilled and he is a person who lived it since he was little, and who has instilled it in everyone,” Hector told the club’s website.
“For me, having that very good relationship with him and being able to make him happy, with a dream, makes me very excited.
“I wanted the sun and heat, but I didn’t come here on vacation, but to fight for my position. I’ve left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis. I’m not here for a holiday.”
Hector, who will wear the number 19 shirt for his new club, has played 239 times for the north Londoners since joining the club’s academy 10 years ago and has won three FA Cups in 2015, 2017 and 2020.