Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has said that he is well aware that Barcelona will need a replacement if Dani Alves joins Juventus this summer, but he has reiterated that he is content in North London, AS reports.
The Brazilian has been Barca’s number one right-back for a number of years, but his age and declining influence may prompt the club to finally look at buying a younger replacement.
Bellerin, a former Barcelona academy graduate, ticks all the boxes and is the outstanding candidate.
However, when responding to questions of his future and a possible switch to the Nou Camp, Bellerin admitted that interest is flattering, but he made it clear that he is happy with the Gunners and hinted that a move isn’t on his mind.
“I’m very happy to receive interest from such big clubs. As a footballer, it’s always nice,” Bellerin told AS.
“But I have already said that I’m very content with where I am and right now I’m not thinking in anything else other than the Spanish national team and giving my all.
“If Dani Alves goes, its true that they will need a right-back replacement, but there are many in Europe.”
Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a youngster, following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas.
The 21-year-old has gone on to make 56 Premier League appearances for Arsene Wenger’s men since making his debut in the 2014/15 season, improving at an impressive rate.
He would be the obvious candidate to replace Alves at Barcelona, although Arsenal certainly wouldn’t let him go for cheap and not without a suitable replacement lined up for themselves.