Hector Bellerin has claimed that former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas was an inspiration for him during his move from Barcelona to Arsenal as a sixteen-year-old.

The early careers paths of Bellerin and Fabregas have followed a near identical path, as Fabregas too left the Barcelona academy at sixteen to make a career for himself in North London.

Having a seasoned international like Fabregas as an example has been described by Bellerin as being “a big inspiration, to see someone who had made the same move and success, for me it was very important to see that happen.”

Bellerin also praised Fabregas for illustrating that if he worked hard with the gunners academy he too could become indispensible to the Arsenal team.

Fabregas enjoyed an excellent spell with Arsenal, establishing himself as firm fans favourite before being named as club captain in 2008.

After much soul-searching Fabregas returned to Catalonia in 2011 for a fee of £30m, however the move did not turn into the fairytale reunion Fabregas had hoped for and he returned to England last summer with Chelsea.

However Bellerin has moved to quash any suggestions that he could follow Fabregas’ example and return to Spain, saying ” if I had wanted to play for Barcelona I would have stayed there. My focus is winning things with Arsenal.”

Bellerin’s development with Arsenal has been meteroric this season, cementing his place as the club’s first choice right-back, however a humble Bellerin admitted that he needs to continue working hard in order to remain in the Arsenal team....


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