Hector Bellerin has done an interview with El Mundo Deportivo, which is due to be published tomorrow (Wednesday).
The Catalan newspaper is teasing some snippets from it, and as you would expect a Barcelona friendly newspaper has asked a former Barcelona youth player about the possibility of returning to the club one day.
And also as you might expect from a polite young man who realises that one day he might like go go back and play for his hometown club, it’s best to answer in a vaguely positive manner while stressing his focus on his current club.
“Any player would flattered by the interest of Barcelona,” he said, “they are the best club in the world.
“The fact that I grew up in the Barca academy also makes it a bit more special, although now I’m focused on the this season and the rest will come later.
“When I left Barcelona my idea was not to return, because my departure was a bit complicated.
“Other players leave saying that they want to return one day but I left to live an experience in England, to try to be a footballer and not return.
“But you do not know what the future holds and you cannot close any doors.”
So, fairly bog-standard stuff. He’s not going to say ‘I never want to play for Barcelona’, but even if they play that particular bit up it’s not as if he’s issued a come-and-get-me either.
Bellerin also speaks about Arsene Wenger and how he has a special attachment to the manager who gave him his chance at Arsenal.
“The loyalty I have to him is worth more than money,” he said. “It’s very important for me, the fact that he is there carries a lot of weight for me.”
So, nothing to get knickers in a twist about. The full interview is published tomorrow, if there’s anything more interesting in that we’ll bring it to you here.
For now, here’s a picture of an adorable puppy because I think we could all use that right now.