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Hector Bellerin gives clearest indication yet he will snub Juventus and Barcelona to stay at Arsenal

Bellerin, who five years left on his £100,000-a-week deal, says London is 'home' and that he has no plans to jump ship

Hector Bellerin has given Arsenal a lift by declaring he wants to stay.

The Spaniard, 23, is a target for former club Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus.

But right-back Bellerin, who five years left on his £100,000-a-week deal, sees London as “home” and is “sure” he will be at the club next season.

Hector Bellerin is 'sure' he will be at Arsenal next season

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Hector Bellerin is ‘sure’ he will be at Arsenal next season

Bellerin told Sky Sports News: “I’ve got a long contract, I have been in London for a very long time, this is what I call my home right now.

“There is nothing else I am thinking of, for the summer. We have the World Cup, I don’t know if I will be called up or not [to Spain], that is something we will need to wait and see.


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“If I get given the chance then I will be really happy for it. Apart from that I am sure I will be coming back here next pre-season.”

Bellerin celebrates Alexandre Lacazette's goal against Burnley with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bellerin celebrates Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Burnley with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Departing boss Arsene Wenger claimed at his final press conference that the Gunners can soon “challenge for the league title again”.

Arsenal’s loss to Leicester on Wednesday means they go into Sunday’s game at Huddersfield coming off seven straight top-flight away defeats for the first time since 1966.

Bellerin with girlfriend and model Shree Patel

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Bellerin with girlfriend and model Shree Patel

And they have now conceded 51 league goals this season – 34 years after they were last hit for a half-century.

But Bellerin added: “We feel we have the potential. I think we know it when we play together and when I see all my teammates in training, I feel we are not where we should be.

Bellerin hopes to be part of Spain's squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer

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Bellerin hopes to be part of Spain’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer

“That can be due to so many reasons we need to find out and work on them. I am sure we will do. When he [Wenger] says that, I can see the potential we have as a team.

“Player by player, we have so many international players, players who play very well with their national teams and I think he is right.


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“He is right in terms of as a dressing room and off the pitch, we have very good people who are always trying to help each other, when new players come when young players come from the youth teams.

“You have players giving out the right example and it is great to have that in the dressing room.”


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