Joel Campbell has confirmed that his current Arsenal contract ends next summer which means that another loan deal this season is probably impossible.
The Costa Rica international is due to return to London Colney on Monday having been granted an extended break following his time at the World Cup. He’ll then find out whether he’ll be kept for the upcoming campaign or sold.
Having embarked on six loan moves since signing for the Gunners in 2011, Campbell is used to change and told La Nacion that his main aim is to remain injury free; something that wasn’t the case at Real Betis last season.
You’re returning to Arsenal, what will happen next?
I’m fine, happy, excited for the coming season. I hope it’s an important season for me, may God free me from any injury to give my best.
Will you stay at Arsenal?
I have one more year of my contract left with Arsenal. This weekend I travel and they will decide what is next. I know that in soccer I have a lot to prove, so wherever I go I will do things in the best way to enjoy this sport.
What was the main thing you learnt last season, a difficult one due to injury…
I learnt a lot. It was a difficult season because of the injury, in the end I grew more as a person, because I’ve already been through the good and bad of football. Now with this past year I’ve become a better person for the future.
Are you a more mature player?
The truth is that I feel more qualified for each moment, then I know what each thing is for each one. I am very calm with a lot of desire to demonstrate and take advantage of what football gives.
What’s the next step with Arsenal?
I have to report to London and start the pre-season training
Has the time come for you to play a full season with Arsenal?
I had a whole season and I took advantage of it when I played 30 games and it went well. I have to prepare myself for the next challenge, wherever it is, that is the most important thing.
Is it time to leave the Arsenal or do you want to continue there?
That nobody knows, I just prepare as well as possible, if it is in the Arsenal then so be it. I have already been there seven years and I only ask that God helps me make the best decision.
With only one year of contract a loan deal is difficult. How do you see the future?
A loan deal will be impossible, I have only one year of my contract left so they won’t loan me. I now have to see if I stay or if I’m sold. I do not know, I have to sit down with them and see what happens. At the moment I do not know anything, I have to get there and talk to them.
What does it mean to have a broad career under contract with a club like Arsenal?
Yes, well, this will be my eighth contract season. I am really calm, I have enjoyed every step, that gives me peace of mind emotionally, financially and on the sports side. I am calm for what is coming.
Joel’s full interview with La Nacion can be read here.