On loan from Arsenal to Betis Sevilla until the end of the season, Hector Bellerin may have played his last home game with the Andalusians this Sunday. Extremely attached to the club by his family history, the Spaniard could not hold back his tears at the final whistle, so two of his teammates offered to open a kitty for him to stay.
He never seemed to want to leave Benito Villamarin’s lawn. This Sunday, after playing his possible last match at home in the jersey of Betis Sevilla against Granada (37th day of La Liga, 2-0), Hector Bellerin was overwhelmed by emotion. At the final whistle, he knelt on the field, in tears, and painfully returned to the locker room. Before returning a few minutes later to the middle of the green rectangle, wandering around with a vague gaze and giving a few hand signals to the supporters still present in the stands.
During the last transfer window, he had decided to join Betis despite several more financially generous offers. By opting for the Andalusians, he had made the choice of the heart, since Betis is the club supported by his whole family. His father, a lifelong supporter of Betis, also came to comfort him on the lawn of Benito Villamarin, this Sunday.
A choice of the heart… and a sporting success
Sportingly, this choice has also paid off as Bellerin and Betis have lifted the Copa del Rey this season and are fifth in La Liga. « This is the story of a footballer whose father dreamed of seeing him play at Betis. He arrived, won a Copa del Rey and fell in love with las trece barras, » the Spanish club summed up on Twitter.
On loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, Bellerin is expected to return to London this summer. For now, his future has not been decided and the Spanish side is completely in the dark about the colors he will defend next season. Two of his teammates, Borja Iglesia and Aitor Ruibal, whom the Spanish press presents as his two best friends in the locker room, have in any case decided to open a pot for him to stay.
« Hey! Are we opening a crowfunding so that Bellerin stays? » Iglesias wrote on Twitter, in a message shared more than 2,000 times and « liked » nearly 16,000 times. « It’s necessary, » Ruibal replied. If the negotiations block at the financial level, the Sevillian leaders can apparently count on a little support.