Arsenal’s 26-year-old defender took pay cut to sign for Real Betis

By | September 10, 2021

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin reportedly took a pay cut in order to finalise a return to La Liga outfits with Real Betis on loan.

The Spaniard fell out of favour at the Emirates Stadium at the back end of the 2020-21 campaign and was persistently rumoured with an exit throughout the summer transfer window.

Despite links with a return to La Liga giants, Barcelona, Bellerin instead secured a temporary move to another Spanish outfit, Betis, with the deal not including an option or obligation to buy.

According to The Athletic, Bellerin accepted a salary decrease as part of a return to his homeland, with the right-back leaving Catalan giants in 2011 to sign for the Gunners at the age of 16.

Mikel Arteta’s side moved for versatile Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on the last day of the summer transfer window , with the ex-Bologna man now set to compete with Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers for starting spot at the right-back position.

A thigh injury prevented Hector Bellerin from making any games in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign before his move to Real Betis, and his Arsenal contract is set to expire in the summer of 2023.