Joel Campbell says he hopes to join Real Betis in a permanent deal next summer.
The 25-year-old joined Betis on yet another loan deal in the summer. It’s his sixth loan move since joining Arsenal and a sure sign that he’s not in Arsene Wenger’s plans at all.
His contract expires in June, and speaking to Estadio Deportivo, he admitted to wanting to join Betis on a permanent deal.
“It’s a secret to nobody,” he said. “Everyone knows that since the day I left, I always thought of coming back.”
Campbell spent a year on loan at Betis during the 2012-13 season and made 33 appearances in all competitions.
He re-introduced himself to the Betis fans at the weekend, coming off the bench and grabbing a goal and an assist within 13 minutes in their 6-3 defeat to Valencia.
Given that Arsenal sent him to Sporting CP on loan last season, a new contract doesn’t appear to be in the offering. It will mean the Gunners won’t be able to profit on a player they signed six years ago, with his deal with Arsenal expiring next summer.
Campbell featured for Arsenal 40 times, scoring four goals. He was well-liked by the Arsenal fans for being a hard-working player who could offer good depth to the squad.
The South American forward is currently working his way back to full fitness following a knee injury he picked up at the Gold Cup in the summer.