Arsenal ‘perform U-turn on 27-year-old Spanish defender’s contract stance’

By | August 6, 2022

Arsenal could reportedly make a U-turn on their stance over keeping Hector Bellerin at the club and allow the right-back to leave for free this summer.

The 27-year-old – who shared a dressing room with North London giants, head-coach, Mikel Arteta as a player – fell behind Cedric Soares and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the pecking order last season.

Bellerin would make a return to his homeland for a season-long loan at La Liga outfits, Real Betis, during which he became a regular under Pellegrini and helped Los Verdiblancos win the Copa del Rey.

Bellerin came up with making five assists in 32 games across all tournaments for Real Betis, who have been determined to finalise a permanent deal for the Spain international.

However, Bellerin is still contracted to the Gunners for another year, and up until now, the North London giants have refused to entertain the idea of another high-profile termination.

The North London giants are believed to have been holding out for a £7.5m fee to sell Bellerin, and Real Betis are struggling to put the appropriate financial package together.

The ex-Barcelona starlet has supposedly informed the Gunners that he will forgo the last of his wages to depart from the club this summer, and he may ultimately get his wish.

According to journalist Rudy Galetti, Bellerin’s agents are now in talks with the Gunners over a possible contract termination, and his return to Betis is “only a matter of time”.