Santi Cazorla: 'Arsenal would be making a mistake if they sold Hector Bellerin'

Hector Bellerin of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2015
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Santi Cazorla says that Arsenal would be making a "mistake" if they sold Hector Bellerin.

Santi Cazorla has urged Arsenal to keep hold of Hector Bellerin amid rumours that Barcelona and Manchester City are keeping tabs on the right-back.

The 21-year-old has become an integral part of Arsene Wenger's team in the last few seasons after making his first-team debut in 2013.

Wenger recently revealed that the club are keen to extend Bellerin's contract, but there have been rumours that the right-back has had his head turned by Man City.

It has also been reported that Barcelona are interested in welcoming back the Spaniard, who spent eight years developing in the Catalan giants' academy.

Amid the speculation over Bellerin's future, Cazorla has claimed that Arsenal need to keep hold of the full-back.

"We'll see [what happens with Bellerin]. It is clear that Hector is the right-back of the future," Cazorla told IBTimes. "You could see in the victory over Swansea [last weekend] how good he is. He was all over the place and never stopped running. For Arsenal it would be a mistake to let him go.

"It is obvious that many teams want him. There has been talk about Manchester City and Barcelona. He is a player with great potential and I am sure he will also be a key part of the future of the Spanish national team."

Bellerin has made 76 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League during his time at Arsenal.

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on August 9, 2015
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