Arsenal transfers: Real Betis want to extend Joel Campbell’s loan deal

Arsenal transfers: Real Betis boss Pep Mel says the La Liga side want to keep Gunners youngster Joel Campbell next season

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Arsene Wenger signed Joel Campbell in 2011 Photo: Back Page Images

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Pep Mel has revealed that Real Betis want to extend Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell’s loan to next season.

The 20-year-old has scored two goals in 20 appearances for Betis after completing a season-long loan move to Estadio Benito Villamarín back in August.

Campbell was signed from Deportivo Saprissa in 2011 before being loaned out to Lorient for the 2011-12 campaign after failing to get a work permit in England.

The same issue resulted in the striker’s move to Betis, and now the Seville-based outfit are keen to secure the Costa Rica international’s services for next season.

“We are advancing the negotiations to reach an agreement,” Mel told Estadio Deportivo.

“This won’t be easy, but we want to speak in London with clarity and to agree a new loan. I believe that it will be positive for all parties.”

Earlier this month, Campbell spoke of his desire to remain at Betis next season if the Gunners were willing to allow the youngster to stay on loan.

“Being in a country like Spain and to play in this league means a lot. I want to keep playing well to keep progressing as a player,” Campbell told Spain’s Diario de Sevilla.

“I will concentrate until June and see what will happen after. I’ll give everything on the pitch until June, until we reach that date, to see what happens with me.

“Arsenal are in charge of my career and I am longing to play with them, but I’m very comfortable here and I play for Betis wholeheartedly.

“I’m trying to give my all for Betis because they opened the doors for me. We can go ahead and we believe make Europe.”

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