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Hector Bellerin has admitted he misses his family in Barcelona as transfer speculation intensifies

The Arsenal star has admitted that he finds being away from Catalunya difficult as speculation over a return to Barcelona intensifies

Barcelona have been sniffing around Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin in recent weeks, amidst rumours of a summer splurge on the right-back.

And the Spaniard has only intensified those rumours by admitting he misses life in Catalunya.

Thinking about home

Thinking about home

In an interview with Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, Bellerin said he missed “being with my parents after games, it’s something I’ve done since childhood.

“I like to share these moments with them. Everything is more difficult if they are not with you.”

And he also told El Mundo Deportivo: “My family settled there with me, although now for family matters they have had to return to Barcelona.
“Now I am having a harder time, because I am a very family orientated person, I depend on them a lot, and it will be a new challenge to be without them.”

Not a good ‘do

Not a good ‘do

This will be good news for Barca, who are in the market for a new right-back having failed to properly replace Dani Alves last season.

What’s more, Bellerin already knows the gaff having come through the club’s famous La Masia academy as a youngster, before joining Arsenal in 2011 at the age of 16.

He’s since established himself as one of football’s most promising young full-backs.

He’s pretty nippy, too.

Barca bound?

Barca bound?

However, tearing the 22-year-old away from North London could prove to be tricky.

Bellerin still has six years to run on his Arsenal deal, and recently expressed a desire to stay at the club for “many years”, although the Gunners poor season could have resulted in the sudden change of heart.

Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City are also thought to be circling the defender, having cleared out virtually everyone of their full-backs.