Hector Bellerin has admitted that he has fulfilled his father’s wish by joining favourite club Real Betis from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old had finally got the move he wanted on deadline day as Betis came to an agreement for a season-long loan deal with no option to buy with the north London outfit.
Bellerin still has two years to run on his Arsenal contract, so there will be a decision that needs to be made regarding his long-term future upon his return at the end of the season.
However, Betis was an easy choice for Bellerin.
“My dad was a Real Betis fan. He actually had this kit when I was really young,” he told BT Sport’s ‘What I Wore’ series a couple of years ago.
“He used to get me a plain green and white football kit with no branding, no badge, nothing.
“He told me ‘that’s a Betis kit’ and I was like “OK, cool.”
Now that his move has finally been confirmed, and he will be playing for the Spanish side in the La Liga next season, Bellerin has undoubtedly fulfilled his father’s dream.
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Speaking to ABC de Sevilla, via HITC, the Catalan said: “Being able to make my father happy with a dream that is his, and fulfilling it for him, makes me very excited.
“It is a feeling my father has instilled since I was little. As a child I was a bit of a turncoat, but he forced me to wear the Betis shirt.”
The Spaniard will wear the number 19 on his back for the upcoming season, and will hope to rediscover some of the promise and form he showed from his early days at the Emirates.