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Report: Barcelona transfer target set to sign new contract with Arsenal

No Bellerín, at least for now

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Héctor Bellerín is one of the best young players in football and has been constantly linked with Barcelona for the past few months, but the 21-year-old is set to stay at his current club.

According to a report from the Mirror, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to offer Bellerín a new five-year contract, which would keep the player at the club until 2021 with better wages. Wenger hopes that this deal will be enough to not only convince the young Spaniard to remain a Gunner for the next half-decade, but also fend off interest from his former club.

Bellerín was brought up in the Blaugrana youth academy and was bought by Wenger as a 16-year-old back in 2011. Bellerín earned first team promotion in 2014 and quickly became one of the top full-backs in the Premier League with his incredible pace, combined with good defensive skills and strong offensive performances.

A contract extension doesn't mean Bellerín won't leave Arsenal, but a player usually commits his future by signing such a lengthy new deal. If that happens, then Barça will have to stick to Sergi Roberto, which isn't a bad idea.

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