Arsenal defender, Hector Bellerin, has said it is “special” to hear about reported interest from his former club, Barcelona.
The Spanish full-back is frequently linked with a return to Camp Nou, despite recently extending his contract with Gunners until 2023.
Although Bellerin had previously insisted he won’t leave the Emirates, the 22-year-old appears to have softened that stance.
“It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona, that’s special,” he told Sport.
“I don’t forget I grew up in that home and I will never forget my stay at Barcelona.”
Of his frustrations at Barca prior to joining Arsenal in 2011 he added: “I left Barcelona because I felt the club was not confident in me, I didn’t feel valued; [I felt] disenchanted.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, said last week that it was difficult to imagine Bellerin signing for Barca so soon, after renewing his deal.
“Barcelona’s alleged interest in Bellerin is very hard to take seriously,” he told a news conference.
“He has just signed a new contract and still has many years left.”