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Arsenal fullback Bellerin tribute to Real Betis after Copa winning loan

Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin has paid tribute to Real Betis after completing his season-long loan.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a successful season on loan to his boyhood club Real Betis, helping the LaLiga side win the Copa del Rey - their first major trophy in 17 years.

However, the 27-year-old is set to return to north London following Betis's goalless stalemate against Real Madrid on the final day of the LaLiga season last Friday.

"Even if I tried I'm finding it very difficult to express what this year has meant to me," he said.

"There are no words I can find to describe my feelings, so hopefully, these pictures will help you all understand.

"Thanks to everyone in the Betis universe for helping me fall in love again with this sport, for all your passion and for making me feel like one of your own from the start.

"I want to thank my teammates for their kindness, humility, and love since I stepped into the dressing room. You have made me feel like I've been a part of this way longer than I have."

He added: "Thanks to all the coaching and medical staff, for their trust and their work, but also to everyone behind the scenes at the club whose work goes unnoticed.

"Thank you to the board and directors for believing in me and helping make a dream of mine come true, a dream that has exceeded all expectations I had when I made my way to the Villamarin.

"And of course, thanks to my family and my people for their unconditional love and support and for introducing me from early to this passion called Betis. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU and I hope we can meet again. Viva el Betis."

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