Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is hoping to stay at Real Betis ‘for many years’ although he acknowledges such a decision is not his to make.
Costa Rica international sealed a season-long loan deal with the La Liga side on transfer deadline day last August although it looked as if he could finally be given a chance to shine at the Emirates.
The 25-year-old played for Sporting Lisbon last season and it’s now looking increasingly likely that he won’t be returning to Arsenal in the future.
Campbell endured a torrid start to his life at Real Betis having picked up an ankle injury in October which got him sidelined for four long months. La Liga side considered cutting his loan deal short but ended up waiting for the 25-year-old to gain full fitness.
The extensive rehabilitation process is now over and Joel Campbell is hoping to earn his place in Quique Setien’s side as soon as possible to help Real Betis make an additional push towards the European places.
Real Betis made a major step towards their goal following a 2-0 away win over lowly Levante on Monday night, which allowed them to climb from 11th to 7th place in the standings and Campbell is hoping to get a chance to prove his worth.
“We want to remain as high as possible in the table and aim for a European spot – we are a great club who deserve to be at that level. We must keep working with the Coach’s philosophy and aim to keep improving, but I believe we are on the right path.”, he told Radio Marca Sevilla.
Joel Campbell is taking it step by step but is already determined to earn his place and hopefully remain at Real Betis for as long as possible.
“My idea is to stay here for many years but those decisions are not mine, I have been lucky enough to enjoy lots of different clubs and leagues but I like it here.”, Campbell added.
Campbell already played at the Estadio Benito Villamarin during the 2012/13 season when he made 28 La Liga appearances.
His contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer and Real Betis could seal his signature for free next summer.