Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has agreement with Mikel Arteta that he can leave in the summer

Mikel Arteta held heart-to-heart talks with Hector Bellerin last summer over his Arsenal future (Picture: Getty)

Hector Bellerin was convinced to stay at Arsenal for one more season after holding heart-to-heart talks with Mikel Arteta in the summer.

The long-serving defender was courted by both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but was persuaded to remain by his former teammate and current manager.

Bellerin, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s La Masia academy as a teenager, has established himself as the club’s first choice right-back in the years following Bacary Sagna’s departure to Manchester City but has struggled to regain his best form since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury back in January 2019.

The Spain international has just over two year remaining on his current contract and with Arsenal harbouring only remote hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, he is again likely to be questioning his future.

According to ESPN, Arteta has a broad agreement with the 25-year-old that he will be allowed to leave this summer, should the Gunners receive a suitable offer.

Hector Bellerin and Mikel Arteta were once teammates together at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League victory over Benfica, meanwhile, Arteta revealed how his dynamic with Bellerin had changed over the course of the last year.

‘If you asked me that question a few years ago I’d probably say if he is the way he is it’s nice because we had a really strong relationship and I tried to help him as much as I could,’ Arteta said when asked if he had a special bond with Bellerin.

‘Now it’s a different relationship. Obviously, when you know the person and you know the professional, it’s easier to help them because you know how he feels, you know what he needs and how to get the best out of him.

‘It’s true that this season he’s found much more consistency, he’s been available in many more matches and hopefully, he’s now forgotten the last two years when injuries meant he wasn’t able to play as much.

‘It’s a very tricky one. You can’t change your feelings towards somebody but then you have to be fair, you have to be really demanding as well, and it has to be a space that has to be shared and lived in in a different way between a player and a manager. It doesn’t mean that your feelings are different towards the person.’

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