Joel Campbell says he’s looking forward to getting regular playing time with Villarreal as he makes his return to La Liga on loan once more.
He played a full season for Real Betis in 2012/13, scoring twice in 28 appearances, and he’s ready to take his chance in the Spanish top flight having been deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal.
“Playing at Villarreal for the rest of the season means a lot to me,” he said. “I’m very happy for this opportunity.
“They have a defined way of playing and it will be a pleasure as they are a great team that is well placed in the table. They have a style of play that will suit me.
“I hope I can settle in as quickly as possible and I am able to prove my worth. I can only say I’ll give 200 per cent in an attempt to win over the fans.
“I can do it through hard work and that is my intention.”
Although not officially part of the deal to bring Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, the Gunners were open to letting him go to help sway the deal, and the Brazilian will undergo a medical in London today before signing his contract.
Meanwhile, Campbell’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2016 and good performances for Villarreal should, at least, increase the amount of suitors vying for his signature in the summer – assuming he doesn’t rise again like Francis Coquelin.