Arsene Wenger has confirmed his belief that Hector Bellerin’s long-term future is with Arsenal.
The French boss was surprised by speculation linking the Spanish right-back away from the Emirates because he appears so happy at the club.
The 21-year-old is also in line for a new and improved contract as Wenger believes he has been ‘remarkable’.
‘He has nearly three years to go, we always try to get the players to the [financial] level where we think they deserve to be,’ he said.
‘We will try to extend his contract, his long-term future is here.
‘He has been absolutely fantastic. His first game was a nightmare. The season before he was at Watford where he didn’t play.
‘His progress has been brilliant because he has absolutely top mental strength.
‘He is at a team that meets his needs and values. He came at a very young age. He is an Arsenal player.’
Arsenal fans will no doubt want to see him at the Emirates for a very long time to come.
Bellerin 2016/17 Premier League stats
Interceptions per game: 2
Tackles per game: 0.7
Clearances per game: 1.4
Key passes per game: 1
Dribbles per game: 1.9