Joel Campbell says he wants to stay at Real Betis permanently, after his loan spell with the club comes to an end, making him the second current Arsenal player to admit he wants out.
Campbell is closing in on a return from injury in Spain, after a few months out. He spoke to Radio Marca Sevilla this week about his current situation.
“My idea is to stay here (at Real Betis) for many years but those decisions are not mine,” he explained. “I have been lucky enough to enjoy lots of different clubs and league but I like it here.”
The on-loan forward is the second Arsenal player to publicly state his desire to leave. David Ospina admitted last summer he told the club he wanted to join a team where he could play regularly and he has already started talking about it again.
In all honesty I don’t think we can blame Campbell for wanting to settle down at one club. At just 25 years old he’s already played for Saprissa, Puntarenas, Arsenal, Lorient, Betis (twice), Olympiacos, Villarreal and Sporting CP.
The forward has never played for just one club in two full consecutive seasons. He might call himself ‘lucky’ to experience a variety of leagues, but privately he’ll know it’s easier to prove yourself as a player if you have a bit more consistency.
If he plays really well for the remainder of the season, maybe Arsenal will call him back for good. More likely, he’ll move to a club like Real Betis.
Either way, this summer should bring some resolution, since that’s when his contract is set to expire (via transfermarkt).