Joel Campbell is heading to Villarreal for the remainder of the season, with the Costa Rican moving to La Liga as part of a deal for Gabriel Paulista. The switch was expected some time ago, but has only now been officially announced on Campbell’s official website.
The 22-year-old is clearly pleased at the prospect of regular first team football, and is proud to have been given the No.10 shirt at Villarreal.
“It’s a nice number that also carries a lot of responsibility, I hope to work hard to do it the best way, I want to spend these four months in the best way and succeed here. I’m very happy,” he said.
He was pictured outside the club with the club’s colours, and is hoping to kick off his loan spell as soon as possible.
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Campbell’s contract situation is still unclear, so we will have to wait and see whether the young forward ever dons an Arsenal shirt again. Whether he returns to the Emirates or not though, a move away will certainly benefit his career in the long run. He was unlikely to break into the first team this season, and at his age needs to be playing regular football to improve.