Hector Bellerin happy at Arsenal after Barcelona exit as a youngster
Last Updated: 20/09/15 8:47pm
Hector Bellerin says he has no regrets over his decision to leave Barcelona as a youngster to join Arsenal.
The Spanish defender made the move in 2011, leaving Barca's famous La Masia academy as a 16-year-old in favour of the Gunners.
While he was initially loaned out to Watford, he established himself as a regular in Arsenal's first team last season.
In July he penned a long-term deal with the club and he told Revista de La Liga that he is happy he made the move.
"It has paid off," Bellerin said. "I am very happy with the decision I made. It was hard, but I always say the train comes just once and you either take it or you don't.
"I took it and I am very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and very happy to be in the position I am in today.
"I've always said the reason I came to Arsenal is because I want to stay here and I am not thinking about going anywhere else."
Reflecting on what he learnt during his time at La Masia, he added: "Barcelona is an academy where you are taught to play the Barcelona way, all the players can play the ball well and it's all the same philosophy since you are young to playing in the first team.
"That's very important, even young players when they come into the first team they know what to do because they have been doing it for years."