Bellerin: Fabregas inspired me to make Arsenal move

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin says that former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas inspired him to leave Camp Nou for Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal rising star Hector Bellerin joined Wenger’s squad as a 16-year-old in 2011, the same year Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona after a dazzling eight-year spell at Emirates Stadium. Now after breaking into Arsene Wenger’s first team last season and establishing himself as the club’s first choice right-back, 20-year-old Bellerin gives all credit to Spaniard  playmaker for giving him the confidence to swap Spain for England.

Chelsea man Cesc Fabregas was booed by Gunners during the Community Shield, but they can thank him for providing Bellerin with a reason to join Arsenal.

“He definitely was a big inspiration to me,” Bellerin tells Goal. “To see someone else make the same move as me and be successful was really important for me.

“To leave my family, friends, my city… to see that someone succeeded was really important and showed that it could happen if you work hard and want it enough.

“It’s definitely been a hard journey, lots of ups and downs. Moving to London was a really hard thing for me, but I had a lot of support and I’m really happy that I made that step and came here.

“I think all the work has paid off after such a great season to be here now.”