Arsenal move has ‘paid off’ – Bellerin

Date published: Monday 21st September 2015 12:39

Hector Bellerin says he has no regrets over leaving Barcelona as a youngster to join Arsenal and claims his decision “has paid off”.

The Barcelona-born 20-year-old made the move to The Emirates in 2011 after leaving Barca’s world-famous La Masia academy aged 16.

Bellerin, was who loaned out to Watford in 2013/14, established himself as a first-team regular last season and recently penned a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

“It has paid off,” Bellerin told Sky’s Revista de La Liga. “I am very happy with the decision I made. It was hard, but I always say the train comes just once and you either take it or you don’t.

“I took it and I am very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and very happy to be in the position I am in today.

“I’ve always said the reason I came to Arsenal is because I want to stay here and I am not thinking about going anywhere else.”

Reflecting on what he learnt during his time at La Masia, he added: “Barcelona is an academy where you are taught to play the Barcelona way, all the players can play the ball well and it’s all the same philosophy since you are young to playing in the first team.

“That’s very important, even young players when they come into the first team they know what to do because they have been doing it for years.”

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