Bacary Sagna tips Arsenal star Hector Bellerin to leave amid Paris Saint-Germain interest

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Hector Bellerin has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain target Hector Bellerin could leave Arsenal this summer because he needs a new challenge.

That’s the view of former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, who says he sees similarities in the Spanaird’s situation at the Emirates with his own.

Sagna spent seven years with the Gunners before joining Manchester City in 2014, at a time when he was considered one of the best full-backs in the Premier League.

The Frenchman felt his career was stagnating in north London and he needed a fresh challenge, with the former Auxerre man spending three seasons with City.

Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing Bellerin in a £25m deal last summer and Sagna believes it could be time for the Spaniard to depart the club.

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Bellerin and Sagna in Arsenal training (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘Hector has been there for years,’ Sagna told Goal.

‘He started playing not long after I left, so he has been in the team for like six years.

‘And a bit like I felt, he probably feels that he wants to challenge himself because he has been there for a long time.

‘It’s nothing to do with the club, nothing to do with winning cups or whatever. At some point if you want to progress, in my mind you need to go somewhere and challenge yourself and start from zero again. This is how I felt.

‘Arsenal was my club and is still my beloved club, but after seven years I had the feeling that because I was part of the house, even when I didn’t deserve to play, I would have played.

‘It’s quite tricky as a player. Hector’s still young, he still has five good years to play at the top level and he can do it. So, if he left now, I wouldn’t be surprised.’

Bellerin joined the club at the age of 16 from Barcelona and he’s gone on to make 234 appearances for the Gunners.

The Spaniard burst onto the scene in 2014 but his progress was recognised in 2016 when he made the PFA Team of the Year.

However, an Anterior Cruciate Ligament two years later curtailed Bellerin’s progress and Sagna says people forget the personal fight the right-back has been through.

‘I want to give credit to Hector no matter what,’ said Sagna.

‘He has been criticised a lot. He was one of the best, but he got a big injury and I think people forget that.’

‘It’s never easy to get a cruciate ligament [injury] and then come back to your best. He’s coming back to his best now, but it takes time.’

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