Estadio Deportivo believe that if the choice to rejoin Real Betis is up to Hector Bellerin, he’s already made his decision.
They highlight the end of Bellerin’s parting statement, where he writes “I hope to see you again soon”, as well as the defender’s recent tattoo, that he received whilst sitting on the Betis pitch after his loan had ended.
Then there are the comments Bellerin made to RTV Betis this week, as he discussed his future and a potential permanent move to Real Betis.
Though he stopped short of explicitly stating that his decision is to return to Betis, it was certainly implied in his comments.
“At the moment, I have to go back (to Arsenal),” Bellerin said. “I have already spoken with the two clubs and I have made my position clear.
“Now we have a few months where we hope that the best will come out for the three parties.
“I made an effort to come (to Betis) and I am willing to make another effort to stay because I am happy.
“In London, I have also had great moments and it has given me a lot and I take it very much into account. They gave me the opportunity and it is also difficult to leave Arsenal, if it happens.”
Betis president Angel Haro has suggested the club want to bring the 27-year-old back, but his move to Spain was a simple loan with no option to buy.
“Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person,” Haro said. “It was a loan that we had from Arsenal, now he returns to Arsenal and from then on, we’ll see.
“It is true that he has been very caught up in everything about Betis because, in addition, his parents are Betis fans. Hopefully, we cross paths again.”
Bellerin’s loan teammates have been joking that they’ll need to open a crowdfunding page to sign the Arsenal player this summer.
The defender was a popular member of their squad, and it does seem like the only reason for the move not to go through would be the financial side of it.
Speaking to his YouTube channel, Goal’s Charles Watts recently reported that people close to Hector Bellerin have given him the impression he won’t be returning to Arsenal.
As things stand, all parties are working towards his exit.
Real Betis are Bellerin’s primary destination on a permanent deal, and they want to keep him. But Watts believes Arsenal won’t get the £15m sometimes quoted for the defender, with €5-10m a more likely fee.