Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin wants to stay at Real Betis (Pictures: Twitter/Getty)
Hector Bellerin says he will make ‘every effort’ to stay at Real Betis but admits it will be ‘difficult’ to leave Arsenal on a permanent transfer.
The 27-year-old, who has been at Arsenal since 2011, spent this season on loan at Spanish club Real Betis.
Bellerin impressed for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, making 32 appearances in all competitions and helping Betis finish fifth in La Liga.
The Spanish right back is now set to return to Arsenal but insists he will try to secure a permanent move to Real Betis this summer.
Speaking on RTV Betis, Bellerin said: ‘I have made my position clear to both clubs. Now we have two months to get the best deal for all three parties.
‘I have always said, I made an effort to come here and I am willing to make every effort to keep it going because it is my home and I am happy.
‘It is also true that I had very nice moments in London, in England. Arsenal has given a lot, the opportunity to be a professional.
‘If I leave, it will be difficult, but hopefully everything goes as we want.’
Bellerin spent almost a decade in Barcelona’s academy before joining Arsenal in 2011 and went on to make 239 appearances for the Gunners.
He won two FA Cups under Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger and one under current boss Mikel Arteta, but had slipped down the pecking order prior to his move to Spain.
Real Betis are also keen for Bellerin to extend his spell at the club but the player’s wages of around £100,000-a-week may prove a stumbling block.
Bellerin has made it clear how much he enjoyed his loan, however, and has endeared himself to Betis fans by writing on Instagram: ‘Even if I tried I’m finding it very difficult to express what this year has meant to me.
‘There are no words to describe my feelings, so hopefully, these pictures will help you understand.
‘Thanks to everyone in the Betis universe for helping me fall in love again with this sport, for all your passion and for making me feel like one of your own from the start.
‘I want to thank my teammates for their kindness, humility, and love since I stepped into the dressing room. You have made me feel like I’ve been a part of this way longer than I have.
‘Thanks to all the coaching and medical staff, for their trust and their work, but also to everyone behind the scenes at the club whose work goes unnoticed.
‘Thank you to the board and directors for believing in me and helping make a dream of mine come true, a dream that has exceeded all expectations I had when I made my way to the Villamarin.