Report: Barcelona chief says they are not targeting Arsenal star Bellerin

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Norwich's Cameron Jerome

Barcelona were reportedly interested in a move for the Arsenal defender.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and West Brom's James McClean in action

Barcelona chief Robert Fernandez has told Spanish media outlet Sport that they are not planning a move for Arsenal star Hector Bellerin.

The La Liga champions look set for an overhaul of their defence this summer with right-back Dani Alves departing for Italian champions Juventus.

(L-R) Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Daniel Alves celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Club World Cup

They will need a replacement for the Brazilian and Bellerin has been named as the man that they would target.

The Spanish star has established himself as number one right-back at the Emirates in the last two years, having broken into the first team in the 2014/15 season.

He is set to star for Spain at Euro 2016 also, and that has not gone unnoticed, but it seems a move will not be happening any time soon if Fernandez’s comments are to be believed.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Norwich's Cameron Jerome

"He is a great player, but at this time we don't consider it,” he told Sport.

The news will come as a big boost to the Gunners, who must have secretly feared that they would face a fight to keep Bellerin this summer.

The Spaniard has reiterated his intention to stay in London on several occasions, but a return to the Nou Camp would likely have proven very tempting regardless of that.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew

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