Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
The Gunners agreed to terminate Bellerin’s contract to facilitate a move.
Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barca as a 16-year-old in 2011. He made 308 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 goals.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website:
We today say goodbye to Hector and we thank him so much for his loyalty and commitment to Arsenal Football Club.
During his 11 years with Arsenal, Hector won three FA Cups and made nearly 250 appearances – such a huge contribution to the club.
I’m privileged to have played in the same squad as Hector for three seasons, wearing the Arsenal shirt and sharing many great moments on and off the football pitch together. We thank you Hector and wish you and your family all the best for your return to Barcelona.
Barcelona confirmed they have reached an agreement with Bellerin to sign him:
FC Barcelona and Hector Bellerin have reached an agreement to sign the player, after the defender terminated his contract with Arsenal Football Club.
The player will sign a contract until 30 June 2023 and the buyout clause has been set at 50 million euros.
FC Barcelona will shortly be announcing the details of the official presentation of Bellerín as a new member of its senior men’s team.
He will thus be putting the blaugrana jersey back on after an absence of 11 years – the youngster departed La Masia for North London in 2011.