Joel Campbell open to making loan move into permanent switch to Spain.
Young Arsenal forward Joel Campbell admits he would be open to turning his loan move to La Liga side Real Betis into a permanent transfer in the summer.
Campbell, the 20-year-old Costa Rican international, has yet to play for Arsenal since signing from Saprissa in 2011 and has twice been sent out on loan – to French outfit Lorient last season and to Real Betis this year.
He has helped Real Betis to eighth in the La Liga table this season, contributing two goals in 18 appearances for the Seville-based club, and is open making the switch to Spain a permanent one with his chances of breaking into the Arsenal team fairly slim.
“Being in a country like Spain and to play in this league means a lot. I want to keep playing well to keep progressing as a player,” Campbell told Spanish paper Diario de Sevilla. “I will concentrate until June and see what will happen after. I’ll give everything on the pitch until June, until we reach that date, to see what happens with me.
“Arsenal are in charge of my career and I am longing to play with them, but I’m very comfortable here and I play for Betis wholeheartedly. I’m trying to give my all for Betis because they opened the doors for me. We can go ahead and we believe make Europe.”
Campbell’s Arsenal career has been troubled due to the fact that he was denied a work permit after signing for the Emirates club.
The arrivals of Olivier Giroud and Lucas Podolski in the summer dented his chances further despite Robin Van Persie being sold to Manchester United and Campbell’s failure to show himself as a prolific striker during either of his loan spells mean Wenger might be ready to sell the youngster on this summer.