Hector Bellerin El Mundo interview: full transcript

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Hector Bellerin El Mundo interview: full transcript

Yesterday we brought you some snippets from a Hector Bellerin interview with El Mundo Deportivo in which he spoke about interest from Barcelona among other things.

Today the full interview is published, and here’s a transcript of it. You can see that the line of questioning is quite leading at times, as you’d expect from a Barcelona friendly newspaper.

How’s the season going at Arsenal?

For me it’s been a bit hard this season, because of the injuries I haven’t hgad the same continuity as last year. And the club have had a difficult few weeks, especially after the two defeats to Bayern Munich. There’s been a lot of disturbance among the fans, the manager and everything that’s happening.

They haven’t been easy weeks, but when we get back from the Internationals we have to get back down to work.

The elimination by Bayern had a significant impact?

Bellerin: It was difficult, because if you look at the two first halves of the games, we did very well 1-1 and 1-0, and after the second halves we let ourselves down completely. The good thing about football is that you have another game in two or three days and you can regroup.

Now, when we come back, we have two very important months, and we have to move ahead.

Have you understood what brought about such a big fall?

In the second game the red card and the penalty brought down all our plans. And in the match in Munich we just didn’t measure up, above all in the second half. We have to know that we have to keep a high level for the whole 90 minutes.

The big debate in London is what is going to happen with Arsene Wenger? What do the players think?

We know the same as the rest of the people. For three or four years people have been speculating and asking the question, but we’ll see at the end of the season. We have a lot of respect for him and what he has done during 21 years will be very difficult to equal.

For me, I would like him to stay, because I have a lot of appreciation and he has given me a lot.

In your case, when he bet on you as a youngster, Wenger not continuing as manager would liberate you if you decided to leave Arsenal?

He is a person in whom I have a lot of respect, and I owe him a lot, because he gambled on me and trusted me from the first minute. Loyalty to that person is worth more than money or anything else. It is very important for me, that he is there carries a lot of weight for me.

How much of who Bellerin is today is thanks to Wenger?

‘Bellerin’ is down to many people and many teams. I spent eight years at Barcelona, this is a base from which to learn football, which is not learned elsewhere, like the months I was given at Watford with Zola.

And it’s clear that the coach who gives you an opportunity to debut, who has the bravery to put you in team as an 18 year old to play at Borussia has played a larger role in where I am today.

How many times have you been asked if you’re going to come back to Barcelona.

They always ask me if I’m going to come back to Barca. And I always say that I’m very happy at Arsenal. I’ve been here for 6 seasons, I’m very happy and trying to do better in every game.

But you’re aware of the interest from Barca, who have been to see you play live various teams?

Yes, and any player would be flattered by the interest of Barcelona, it’s the best club in the world – or one of the best – so this is very nice. The fact that I grew up in the Barca academy makes is that bit special for me. But I have to focus on the club I’m at now and the games we have ahead, the rest will come later.

Would you like to come back to Barcelona?

When I left, my intention was never to come back, because my departure was a bit difficult to take. Other players leave saying that they want to return one day but I left to live an experience in England, to learn, to try to be a footballer and not return. What the future holds, you just don’t know and you can’t close any doors.

I respect the club I’m at now, I have great love for the Arsenal, and for everything they’ve given me.

Over time, do you see it differently from leaving never to return?

In football you never know, the interest and all that is very nice, but there’s still a lot to do to finish this season, and there could be many changes at Arsenal still. There’s uncertainty in many things, I have to focus on my work, I still have a lot to learn.

But your style would see you fit in at Barca with no problems …

After all, being in La Masia and the academy of Barcelona, you learn the Barca philosophy which goes from the youth levels to the first team. Even with the national team, there are a lot of Barcelona players, and it’s a universal system.

Many people are not in favour of paying a large transfer fee for a player who left the academy.

Everyone has to choose their path. It is very difficult to get from the youth team to the first team, very few people have succeeded. I made the decision to leave, I went to Arsenal and I’m not sorry about it. I’m very happy with the decision I took, even if now there are rumours of a possible return.

Maybe if I had stayed I wouldn’t be the same, so I’m very happy I made that move, with everything I’ve learned and experienced in these six years. What the future holds remains to be seen.

Also, you’ve been linked with Manchester City? Is there anything going on in that respect?

I know that there has been interest from Man City, and it’s flattering that a coach like Guardiola sees you in his ranks. That motivates me even more, it’s a sign that things are going well but I still have a long way to go and I have to improve further.

It’s been said that you’d rather go to City before coming back to Barcelona.

This is just not true, I never said this. For a start I would never speak about these things because of my respect for Arsenal. I would never speak about other teams.

Would the fact that Mikel Arteta is there influence you?

Mikel is a really honest person, he never tried to take me there. He knows what’s best for me. Arteta is very special to me, he’s been like a second father, he helped me a lot when I arrived arrived at Arsenal, on and off the pitch. I have a lot of love and respect for him.

Finally, where do you see yourself next season?

For now I’m happy where I am, focused on finishing the season for the U21s and at Arsenal, and later what will come, will come.

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Ivan Drago
Ivan Drago

They’re practically begging him to go back, what a bunch of dicks

Pooner
Pooner

Yeah, the whole interview is about him leaving – 11 of the 16 questions. Pricks.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

Bould needs to grow a pair of balls and get these players to shave their heads. Too many posers in this team. Too many yes men. Bould needs to make his voice heard. In 1990/1991 season, the only game Arsenal lost that season was when Bould was missing. He would not have allowed this shambles of a defence at the time. A lot of blame rests on him for being a wimp and not telling Wenger how it is.

spinner
spinner

The problem is Wenger surrounds himself around yes men. If you don’t nod and agree then you don’t get the job. Primaroc is a clear example of this policy.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

The fact you can’t take a moment to spell the man’s name properly is a clear example of your idiocy.

spinner
spinner

So in your view, if someone makes a spelling mistake that makes them an idiot?

Truly truly pathetic.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

“Many people are not in favour of paying a large transfer fee for a player who left the academy.”

HA! If your eye for talent fails you, you should pay the price.

I still think £35M for Cesc at the time was low, and paying it back in installments was a joke.

Trez
Trez

It was that low because dear Cesc forced his way out of the club. It was a known fact that we had bigger offers from other clubs.

Frosty
Frosty

Fuck me. I know it’s par for the course these days but it reads like an round-in-circles interview with a politician thanks to that journos line of questioning.

What a wasted opportunity to ask a very talented player things that might have resulted in an interesting interview…

The goooch
The goooch

That reporter could get a job on CNN the slimy weasel

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

So a player who recently signed a six year contract is asked about leaving the club in over two thirds of the interview? And not one about playing for the u21s or national team at all, despite that being the reason the paper has access to him of the interview?

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

My only worry is him sounding more loyal to Arsene than the club if he was to vacate his position. On the positive side however, we have him tied down on a long contract, as feeble as that is these days, so we still have a strong hand to deal with. And if push comes to shove, unlike Fabregas, we can instigate an all out bidding war and wring out the most amount of money from the sordid situation. Then again a better manager arriving will improve the team and he of course will continue with his steady progress. Either way, I feel we’re covered

Bould\'s Eyeliner
Bould\'s Eyeliner

They are not idiots, despite having spent much of their lives kicking a ball. Don’t think any proper player that respects their own career and also honors loyalty would simply go off the deep end just because Wenger left. They have their own pride and ambition after all…

Let’s face it, the only people who would be most affected by Wenger’s departure wouldn’t really be the players, seeing as how they never seem to listen to him anyhow. It’s the board, the fans, and probably most likely the press. The media will lose a polite, mannered, and intelligent person to portray as a French demon authoritarian, and they will have to start thinking of some other inane series of rhetoric to fill in the soundbite gap.

No, no, Bellerin would never hamstring Arsenal, just because Wenger left. That’s the kind of behavior you see from cheating spouses in Vegas or Nasri, not someone that has the slightest care for their public persona.

DmAc
DmAc

“He is a person in whom I have a lot of respect, and I owe him a lot, because he gambled on me and trusted me from the first minute. Loyalty to that person is worth more than money or anything else”.
Rare.
#respect

Jonas
Jonas

Agree that was not a terribly insightful interview. HB seems, as has been his custom, to be a classy kid. However, it’s slightly troubling that at no point does he say “the interest is nice, but I’ll be at Arsenal next season.” As weasly as the interview is, HB knew exactly what he was doing with those answers. Feels like he was giving himself an out.

Le Jim
Le Jim

Holy shit. Was Xavi the one interviewing him??

Liam Bradys left peg
Liam Bradys left peg

Well it wouldnt be the 1st time so its to be expected. We are barcas accadamy/feeder club. Hmmm let me think…. a club in rainy cold London, England with no ambition to win major trophys or Barca? A no brainer. Trophys, medlals and winning is all that matters. Its just a job to them all. They have no loyalty or love for the clubs.

Adam
Adam

It’s amazing how in Spain, each big team seems to have their own dedicated newspaper who will try and do all the work for them in terms of transfers etc. In England, the press just seems to hinder teams.