Joel Campbell says he’s hoping to stay at Real Betis for many years even though he’s endured a torrid injury-hit campaign with the La Liga club.
It looked as though the Costa Rica international might start the season at Arsenal, however, after made a swift recovery from knee surgery he sealed a year-long loan deal with the Spanish club on transfer deadline day in August.
He initially missed Betis’ first few games as he finished up his rehab before making his debut for the club in October. After four consecutive games, another injury, this time to his ankle, sidelined him again. This time for four months. It was so bad that Betis even considered cutting short Campbell’s deal.
Having undergone extensive rehabilitation the 25-year-old, who’d previously played on loan at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in 2012/13, is now hoping he can get back in coach Quique Setien’s first team with a view to helping them consolidate their mid-table credentials.
“I’m fine, it’s the decision of the coach as to whether or not I’m included in the squad,” Campbell told Radio Marca Sevilla.
“I’m training with all my teammates and at the same level, so if Setien likes what he sees in training then maybe I will be in the squad.
“I have not played for a long time and I must go step by step, to keep working hard and not to become frustrated.
“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.
“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.”
There’s very little to suggest that Campbell has a future as an Arsenal player. He’s out of contract in the summer and will likely leave on a free move. Fingers crossed he gets the game time he needs before the end of the season to secure a summer deal.