Campbell aims to emulate Wanchope

On-loan Real Betis forward Joel Campbell says he is focused purely on Los Verdiblancos and not a return to parent club Arsenal.

The 20-year-old Costa Rican, who scored his first La Liga goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna, reflected on his roots and his hopes for the future in an interview with Marca.

“I started playing with my local district team when I was just six or seven. I think my country has a good level, but it is not like Europe. Arsenal noticed me when I was playing in the Copa America with my country. They showed interest and I signed with them for five seasons. They are one of the best clubs in the world.

“For now I’m just thinking of Betis. Now my whole family is in Spain, my mother, my father, my brother, my girlfriend. I want to do well and continue growing as a player. If Arsenal signed me for five seasons it’s because they think I can be part of their future.”

Campbell is hoping to replicate the achievements of a famous compatriot who also played in Spain and England.

“Of course I would love to do what Paulo Wanchope did, or even exceed his accomplishments. I believe that with hard work I can do it.”

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