Xavi backtracks Bellerin claim after slamming ‘ridiculous’ Arsenal decision

The Barcelona manager apologizes to Hector Bellerin for what he said about the right back's move to Arsenal.
The Barcelona manager apologizes to Hector Bellerin for what he said about the right back’s move to Arsenal.

The Barcelona manager apologizes to Hector Bellerin for what he said about the right back’s move to Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin moved to Barcelona for good on Thursday, ending his 11-year career at Arsenal.

Even though Mikel Arteta and Bellerin are good friends, Mikel Arteta didn’t like Bellerin very much, so Bellerin spent last season on loan with Real Betis. It turned out to be a good move, and both the player and the La Liga club want to make it permanent this summer.

But Betis’s financial problems made it hard for that to happen, and Bellerin’s future was still up in the air at the start of the deadline day. At the end of the window, another team showed interest in the 27-year-old, so he went back to the Blaugrana.

Bellerin started his career in the Barca academy and then moved to Arsenal when he was 16 years old. In 2012, when he was 17, he signed his first professional deal. The Spaniard went on to play for the first team 239 times, during which time he won the FA Cup three times and the FA Community Shield twice.

In 2017, Xavi, a former player who is now the manager of Barcelona, was asked about Bellerin possibly coming back to the club in the future. It’s safe to say he didn’t give the best answer. “I haven’t seen him play much,” he told Sport, “but I will say this: it would be hard for me to sign a player we already had.”

Then, Xavi asked why Bellerin had left the club in the first place. “Yes, it can be good, bad, or just okay. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to bring back players who have left. Why do they go when they’re 16 or 17? It makes no sense to me. I don’t understand it.”

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