Bellerín: "Coming to Sporting CP means a lot of happiness"
The new signing speaks to the media
Héctor Bellerín gave his first statements as a Sporting Clube de Portugal player this Thursday, having joined the club through to the end of the 2022/23 season. The 27-year-old arrives from FC Barcelona to provide another option at right back for coach Rúben Amorim.
“Above all, coming to Sporting CP means a lot of happiness. From the moment I received the news that they were interested in me, I had a good intuition and felt a good energy from the club. I'm very happy to be here, and I really want to enjoy my football. Coming to the biggest club in Portugal is a very good option", he began by telling Sporting TV.
The defender, whose resume includes spells at Arsenal and Watford in the UK, as well as at Real Betis Balompié and FC Barcelona in Spain, revealed that he had spoken with Paulo Barreira, a physiotherapist for the team, before making his decision.
“I was with him at Arsenal FC and he was a bit of an intermediary between me, the coach and Hugo Viana. From the start I knew it was going to be a good thing, but he told me about how the club works and how it has changed in recent years. This, in addition to the good atmosphere that there is here and the desire to work. This had a big impact and I am very happy to be here".
“I had already played at the stadium with Arsenal, five years ago, but when you get to know the Estádio José Alvalade and the city you see how Lisbon breathes Sporting CP. I still have a lot to discover about the club, but I come here with a lot of desire to get involved in what it means to be a Sportinguista and enjoy it with the fans and the team".
The new No.19 has won several trophies already, including the Spanish Copa del Rey, three Cups in England and three English Community Shields, however he showed enormous desire to succeed in Portugal as well.
“I want to tell Sportinguistas that I have come to give everything and put in effort every day. I want to give a lot of joy to the members and supporters".