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Crystal Palace complete Jose Campana deal

Campana moves to the Premier League (©GettyImages)
Campana moves to the Premier League (©GettyImages).

Spanish midfielder Jose Campana has signed a four-year-deal with Crystal Palace, subject to Premier League and FA clearance.

The young Spainiard has signed for Palace for an undisclosed fee from the La Liga side Sevilla.

Before making his senior debut, Campana featured 50 times for the Sevilla B side. 

He made his senior debut as an 18-year-old in a 2-1 win over Malaga in August 2011.

In his first full season with Sevilla, he made 15 appearances in La Liga.

During his first eight appearances for Sevilla, the club stayed unbeaten and ended the season in the ninth place.

Campana only played five games last season, because of a fracture to his left foot.

He came back from his injury to captain the Spanish squad at this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup. 

Despite being favourites for the tournament and winning all three group games, Spain were knocked out in the quarter-final stage against Uruguay.

Campana had a brilliant tournament, despite being knocked out in the quarter-finals. 

His performances alerted clubs all across Europe, after his decision not to renew his contract with Sevilla. 

The young Spaniard instead has opted to sign a four-year-deal with Crystal Palace.

Campana told the club's official site, that he is hoping to help Palace not only stay in the league but help them move forward.

He said: "I think it's a good step for me and I'm really excited and looking forward to meet all the boys and start quickly as possible. 

"I got the first interest through my agent, who said that Crystal Palace were interested and straight away I said yes because for me it was a dream to play in England, especially in the Premier League. 

"I hope to help the team stay in the league and then move forward."

When asked what are his best qualities, he responded: "What I like to think are my best qualities are to keep the ball and to have good distribution. 

"I always have been a typical Spanish midfielder and I like to move forward and score goals.

"I scored a lot of goals when I was in the academy at Sevilla. That's what I want, but especially to keep the ball and to organise the team."

Crystal Palace boss, Ian Holloway added: "I'm absolutely delighted. 

"Everyone knows the way I want to try and play football and how fantastic Spain been over the pas few years, so I'm delighted to get a lad of this quality.

"I think he's a fantastic player, his maturity is unbelievable, and the way he plays the game is the way I believe it should be played. 

"He's going to be a great star of the future and the present.

"We're going to try and do well in this division and making signings like this is really going to help us."

 

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