Joel Campbell believes his long-term future lies with Arsenal, despite reported interest from Turkish club Galatasaray.
Campbell, 23, broke into the first team in September when he started the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham and he has since gone on to make five appearances, including a starting role in the weekend’s Premier League draw with Spurs.
Turkish website Fanatik have reported that Galatasaray, who have former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski in the ranks, are ready planning to make a move for Campbell in January.
But the Costa Rica forward, who arrived from Saprissa in 2011, scored in last month’s win over Swansea – his first Gunners goal – and is eager to keep himself in the first-team plans of Arsene Wenger.
Campbell, who was linked with Palermo in the summer, told IBTimes UK: “No [I didn’t want to move]. I’m here at Arsenal, I am very happy. I keep fighting for my dream and I think I still have a long-term future here.
“Obviously a player always wants to play but in a team which has so many quality players like Arsenal, you need to be patient and taking the chance when it arrives.”
Wenger has turned to Campbell, who signed a new deal at The Emirates in January before joining Villarreal on loan, due to the injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And he is hoping he has done enough to stay in the team.
“In football, you never know,” added Campbell.
“I try to do my best and then the manager will decide who plays. I am trying to take the opportunity but then the manager has to assess how I’m doing.
“I’m happy [for having played again against Tottenham] but we wanted to win. I’m still working and trying to seize the opportunities that the boss is giving me. Every opportunity is invaluable to me and I am trying to give my best.”