Transfer news

Campbell keen for Betis stay

April 16, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Joel Campbell’s agent says the on-loan Arsenal winger would like to stay at Real Betis and continue his development for another year.

Joel Campbell
GettyImages Joel Campbell's agent says there is interest across Europe in his client

Campbell, 20, joined Arsenal from Costa Rican side Saprissa in summer 2011, and spent the next season on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient. He has impressed at Betis this term, nailing down a first-team spot as the Liga side have made an unexpected push for European qualification.

The full Costa Rica international’s representative Joaquim Batica told Marca.com that both the player and his current club were eager to keep their relationship going.

“There is a lot of speculation about Campbell’s future,” Batica said. “He belongs to Arsenal and is on loan at Betis now. The truth is that Betis want to extend that arrangement, but nothing has yet been decided. The Spanish club have let Arsenal know their position, and let me know too, but at the moment there is nothing confirmed.”

Batica suggested that another season at the Estadio Benito Villamarin might be of benefit to Campbell, before an eventual return to play in the Premier League for Arsene Wenger’s side.

“He is very happy at Betis, because all the objectives we set at the start of the season have been fulfilled,” the agent said. “What he wants is to play and to grow as a player. He is doing that at Betis. He would not mind staying longer, but sooner or later he will play in London because Joel Campbell is an Arsenal player."

Batica suggested that Campbell’s performances for Betis, which have brought two goals and three assists in 22 games, had piqued the interest of other European clubs.

"It is true there has been interest from various clubs around Europe,” he said. “Campbell is having a great season, so it is normal that other clubs would want to sign him. It is difficult to speak about the future.”