Barcelona right-back Hector Bellerin has decided to see out his current contract, meaning that he will continue to serve the team at least until the end of the season, reports Spanish publication Diario SPORT.
The former Arsenal full-back was expected to be one of the casualties during the January transfer market. This is mostly because Xavi wants a specialist in this position and Bellerin has generated an ample amount of interest across Europe.
As quoted by SPORT, Serie A side AS Roma wanted to explore the opportunity either on loan or with a letter of freedom, but the 27-year-old has decided to stay at Camp Nou.
Up until the season was halted due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Xavi’s trust in Bellerin was extremely limited due to his irregularities and constant injuries. But now that the season is heading into its business end, he is expected to feature more.
Meanwhile, it must also be noted that Barcelona wil have the services of a certain Sergi Roberto until the end as well. This means Xavi can feature as many as four players at the right-back spot, which includes Bellerin, Roberto, Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo.
Now, Kounde did express his concern about playing at the position, but it must be remembered that he played as a right-back for France during their World Cup journey as well.
As far as the January transfer window is concerned, Barcelona will not sign a right-back due to the continuity of Bellerin. Now, it’s not that the plan will stay intact until summer.
On the contrary, the team will search the market for a specialist like they did last summer when they chased a certain Cesar Azpillicueta, but for now, given the lack of income, there will be no activity with regard to a right-back.