Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has told Sky Sports that he is proud of Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu.
Bellerin and Deulofeu are both Spanish and play for the Spain Under-21 side, and know each other from their time together at Barcelona’s youth academy.
“At Barcelona he was a year older than me so we never really played together, but we used to live in the same area and in the summer we'd play in five-aside tournaments,” the 20-year-old Arsenal right-back told Sky Sports about Deulofeu.
“So now going against each other in the Premier League or playing together for the Under-21s it makes you feel really proud that it's not just you but your friends that are also making it.”
Deulofeu joined Everton from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window and has been in good form so far this season.
The Spain international has scored one goal and created 11 chances in 10 Premier League appearances so far this campaign.
The 21-year-old winger has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 100%, and has won 13 dribbles and five tackles.
Everton are ninth in the Premier League table at the moment with 17 points from 12 matches.
The Merseyside outfit are seven points behind Manchester United, who are currently fourth in the standings.
Roberto Martinez’s side will take on Aston Villa at Goodison Park in the Premier League after the two-week international break.