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Hector Bellerin signs bumper new Arsenal contract with Sanchez and Ozil to follow

Jack Austin

Published 09/11/2016 | 10:52

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal as a youngster back in 2013.
Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal as a youngster back in 2013.

Hector Bellerin has signed a new six-year contract at Arsenal worth £30m to make him one of the club’s top earners.

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The right-back’s new deal is worth in excess of £100,000-a-week with bonuses and add-ons as the Gunners managed to fend off interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City.

The new contract means Bellerin has more than doubled his salary, which was £40,000-a-week prior to the new contract.

The 21-year-old’s former club Barcelona were keen to bring him back to the Nou Camp after Bellerin left them for Arsenal at the age of 16, with Luis Enrique’s side still struggling to replace Dani Alves, who left for Juventus in the summer.

Pep Guardiola was also keen to have Bellerin at the Etihad with him after seeing him come through the academy while managing Barcelona and being unconvinced by either Bacary Sagna or Pablo Zabaleta at City.

Arsene Wenger has been in protracted talks with top stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez since September about extended their contracts, but Bellerin’s deal was concluded within only four days, according to the Mirror, such was his eagerness to stay.

Talks with Sanchez and Ozil are set to continue, with the pair both entering the final two years of their contracts.

Ozil is holding out for wages close to £200,000-a-week before signing a new five-year deal, while the hold up in Sanchez’s deal is that he wants a buy-out clause to be included in the new agreement.

(© Independent News Service)

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