Liverpool man cites ‘family’ as he hypes up transfer for Arsenal star

Date published: Wednesday 16th June 2021 11:56 - Joe Williams

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has tipped Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin for a summer transfer to Real Betis this summer.

The Spaniard, who has been at the Emirates Stadium for ten years, is the subject of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, with Villarreal boss Unai Emery also keen.

Arsenal and Bellerin’s performances were below par for much of last season with the Gunners finishing eighth in the Premier League table.

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There were reports in February that Bellerin is set to leave Arsenal this summer following talks with Mikel Arteta.

Last summer ‘Arteta asked Bellerin to give the club one more season and in return, they would consider an exit this summer’ and there is now a feeling ‘this summer represents the right time to move on after a decade at the Emirates’.

Real Betis have been particularly heavily linked with Bellerin and fellow Spaniard Adrian now claims that family ties could persuade Bellerin to move to the Benito Villamarín Stadium.

“I know Hector too,” Adrian told Canal Sur Radio’s El Pelotazo.

“I have it on good authority that he has close family members who are very close to Betis, and in the end he will be looking to vindicate himself and be important in a team.

“And why not end up at Betis. They (Bellerin and Fabian Balbuena) are two players who could be very valid and contribute a lot.”

Meanwhile, Sol Campbell is keen to see Arsenal hang onto Bellering and team-mate Granit Xhaka with the former Arsenal defender citing a lack of experienced players at the north London club.

Campbell told Ladbrokes: “Who is going to change Arsenal Football Club? I think they need to have a look around the place at some of the senior players there. Do they keep a couple of players around to help bring on the youngsters?

“You can’t just go and get rid of all of your experienced players. I see the likes of Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka being linked with moves away but both have been a core part of that team for some time now.

“You don’t want to sever ties completely with players like that because otherwise there’ll be no one around who can teach new signings and younger players the ways of the club.

“Hector [Bellerin] has been a fantastic player for Arsenal, [Granit] Xhaka has been great as well. If it’s a matter of keeping people around for another year or so, you may as well keep hold of those two as they know the club inside out.

“If you start taking too many of those names out, who is going to teach the youngsters what it means to play for Arsenal? I personally think Bellerin and Xhaka will stay on for another year.”


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