Hector Bellerin has all but confirmed that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season as he opened up on his decision to take a pay cut to secure a move to Real Betis.
The full-back lost his place in the Gunners’ starting XI towards the end of last season as Arsenal looked to sell the Spaniard in the summer.
The 26-year-old had been linked with moves to PSG and Inter during the window, but the north London club could not secure a permanent transfer.
Bellerin would eventually join Betis on loan on a reduced salary, but hopes to make the move permanent at the end of the season after Arsenal signed Takehiro Tomiyasu as his replacement on Deadline Day.
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Asked if he will return to the Emirates to rival the Japanese defender, he told ElDesmarque: “I don’t know, but I’ve always said if I didn’t want to be here next season, I wouldn’t have come from the beginning.
“There are many things to be decided but what I want to do is enjoy this season that I am here.”
Bellerin opened up on his decision to take a pay cut to facilitate the move to Betis.
And the full-back says money wasn’t his primary motive as he looked to get his career back on track.
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He added: “It is clear that money is something important because it is our job, but I think in football, that love of sport, of the club, is being lost.
“For me, after having understood & had that feeling since childhood, there are things that you put first.
“This past year & a half has made us rethink many things. For me & everyone, it was an effort to carry out the operation, not only from the point of view of money.
“Those efforts pay off & I had other priorities when making my decision.”