Arsenal may be in the hunt to bring in fresh talent this summer, but keeping hold of this strong squad is just as important for Arsene Wenger.
According to several reports breaking in today’s media, Hector Bellerin and the club have opened discussions to extend the defenders contact at the Gunners.
The 21-year-old currently has a deal that runs until 2019 and Arsenal are ready to add two years on to that in order to secure a man capable of becoming a regular in defence.
Spanish news outlet Sport believe that Richard Law, who works under Ivan Gazidis will handle the talks which could be wrapped up by the time Spain are finished in the Euro’s.
Bellerin showed his quality this season by keeping veteran right-back Mathieu Debuchy out of the side in order to rack up 44 appearances, 36 of which came in the Premier League.
Speaking out last month the Spanish international, who was a late addition to the Euro’s squad this year following the injury to Dani Carvajal, revealed Arsenal felt like home now.
I am very happy at Arsenal.
I renewed last year and have many years left. I am very happy, in football you can always spend a lot, but I’m in the Arsenal, giving everything for the club.
I don’t think about going to anywhere else.
Reports over recent months suggested that Barcelona could be ready to swoop in for their former academy graduate following the loss of their right-back Dani Alves.
Luis Enrique was keen on having the Spaniard back following a two successful seasons in which he proved himself in both consistency and ability to play at the highest level.
Bellerin looks certain to be Arsenal’s first choice right-back for a number of years now, with Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy both returning from loan spells to act as possible cover.