4 July 2013: Hector Bellerin signed a new long-term contract.


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by Tony Attwood

Having transferred from Barcelona in 2011 as a youth player he had been on loan at Watford during 2013/14 before in September 2014 making his Arsenal debut following a spate of injuries to other defenders.  In 2016 and 2017 he was daily reported across all media as moving back to Barcelona.  Amazingly it was all lies.  How extraordinary!

He has now played 183 first-team games for Arsenal, and has a most unusual, and I think admirable lifestyle.

He became a vegan in 2017, and has said in interviews that he feels footballers have a responsibility to create awareness around environmental issues. In the run-up to the 2019 general election he was very active in encouraging young people to vote, and in June 2020 he pledged to plant 3,000 trees for every Arsenal victory in the remainder of the season. There were eight such victories resulting in 24,000 trees being planted.

Hector is also the second-largest shareholder in Forest Green Rovers, a club based on environmentalism.

On 31 August 2021, Hector Bellerín returned to Spain after a decade, joining Real Betis on a one-season long loan.

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