Arsene Wenger says he wants Hector Bellerin to shun hometown club Barcelona and Manchester City and sign a contract extension at Arsenal.
The Barcelona-born Bellerin has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, as well as the Etihad, with Pep Guardiola keen on capturing the 21-year-old.
But boss Wenger says the Gunners are trying to get Bellerin ‘where he deserves to be’ in terms of wages, signalling a significant rise on his current £50,000-per-week agreement.
“Of course his future is at Arsenal. That’s why I’m surprised by the speculation,” Wenger was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“He has nearly three years to go (on his current contract) and we always try get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be.
“So we will certainly try to extend his contract, but for me, his long-term future is here.
“He has been absolutely fantastic. Let’s not forget that his first game (against Borussia Dortmund in 2014) he had a nightmare when I played him and he was the year before (on loan) at Watford, were he didn’t play much.
“His progress has been absolutely spectacular because he has top mental strength. I think he loves to be here and he has responsibilities already in the dressing room for such a young age, it’s something remarkable.”