Arsenal 'set to RIP UP Hector Bellerin's £110k-a-week contract' allowing defender to join Real Betis on free transfer | The SunJuly 28, 2022
ARSENAL are reportedly ready to terminate Hector Bellerin's contract this summer, with Real Betis hoping to snap him up for free.
The Gunners right-back has expressed his desire to return to his boyhood club and may do so via a similar route to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international left Arsenal on a free transfer to Barcelona last winter, but had to take a significant pay-cut.
Aubameyang's exit is suggested to have saved Arsenal around £25million as they split the striker's wages with Barcelona.
According to Spanish news outlet Besoccer, Bellerin, who is said to have no intention of staying at Arsenal, may choose a similar path to his ex-teammate.
The Spaniard would also be following in the footsteps of Mesut Ozil, who Arsenal ushered out of the door before his contract was up.
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Arsenal's technical director Edu released a damning statement recently, saying: "When a player’s 26 or older, has a big salary and is not performing, he’s killing you."
The Gunners chief went on to state: "I know it’s strange to go to the board and tell them, ‘Sometimes it’s better to pay a player to leave than to keep them’."
Bellerin is currently the club's fifth highest-paid player since the signing of Gabriel Jesus, earning a whopping £110k a week.
Although, he has been heavily linked with a move back to Real Betis ever since his loan spell came to an end on June 30th.
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The 27-year-old became a much loved figure amongst Real Betis fans, making 23 La Liga appearances and helping them lift the Copa del Rey trophy.
As a result, players and fans alike are keen to be reunited with the Arsenal man.
Former Real Betis teammate Borja Iglesias is hopeful of his return. In an interview with Estadio Deportivo, he said: "Yes, I miss Hector Bellerin.
I’m thinking of doing the crowdfunding we said we would do to get him back."
The forward went on to say that Bellerin was also desperate to re-join: "Bellerin really wants to come back.
"He has always said that he wants to play here, what happens is that he has been there for a long time at Arsenal."
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Bellerin's motivation to move may have been bolstered by the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is expected to be the club's first choice right-back this season.
Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the full-back's services, whilst Jose Mourinho is said to bee keeping tabs.
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