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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell wants a permanent move to Real Betis once his loan deal end at the conclusion in the summer.
The Gunners striker joined the La Liga club at the start of the current season on a campaign-long loan, which is his second spell at the club. But, he has played just three games in the league so far this campaign due to injury.
The South American had spent time on loan with Betis earlier during the 2012/13 season, however this time around, it has not been as productive. The last of Campbell’s three games came on 30 October last season after which he has been out with an ankle injury.
Betis were considering ending his loan spell in January, however, have kept him on their side, and he has since returned to full fitness and is training with the first team squad. However, head coach Quique Setién is yet to include him in the gameday squad since his return.
The forward, though, is not prepared to give up and made it clear that he is set to work hard on his fitness and be ready when the head coach decides to give him a chance.
The 25-year-old is out of the deal with the North Londoners in the summer, and both sides are believed to be keen to end their seven-year association.
The Costa Rican’s current stint at Betis is his sixth loan spell since joining Arsenal in 2011, having played just one season for the north London club. And he is keen to make Betis his permanent place once he becomes a free agent in the summer.
However, he will need to play regularly to convince the Spanish club – who are currently in eighth place in the La Liga table and just five points shy of Valencia in fifth – to add him to their books on a permanent deal.
“I’m fine; it’s the decision of the coach as to whether or not I’m included in the squad,” – He told Radio Marca Sevilla, as quoted by Football Espana.
“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,” – Campbell added.
“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 on 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.” – the Costa Rican said.
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