Crystal Palace secure signature of Spanish Under-20 International

Crystal Palace have secured the signature of Spanish Under-20 international Jose Campana on a 4-year deal.

A native of Seville, the midfielder played for Sevilla for the duration of his youth career.  He made the step up to the senior set up in 2009, playing two seasons for the Andalusian side’s reserve team, Sevilla B, in Segunda Division B.

In 2011 he was promoted to the first time in time for the new season and made his debut in a Europa League match that August.   Three days later he made his La Liga debut.  Since then the player has appeared 20 times for the club.  This season gone saw a premature end to the players season after fracturing his foot in March.

Campana has played at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level for the Spanish national team.  Despite his foot injury that kept him out of the Seville end for the tail end of last season, he recovered in time to be fit for this summer’s Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Speaking on Palace’s official website, the player said:  “I’m delighted to become a Crystal Palace player. Over the last two years, I’ve had some problems with my hometown club, but I’m really excited to play in the Premier League.  I think it’s a good step for me and I’m really excited and looking forward to meet all the boys and start as 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.

“What I like to think are my best qualities are to keep the ball and to have good distribution. I have always 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.”

Palace manager Ian Holloway has already signed Jerome Thomas from West Bromwich Albion and Dwight Gayle from Peterborough and will be delighted with the signing of the calibre of a player like Campana.

But his signings might not end there.  Peter Odemwingie, who is anxious to leave West Brom’, has been linked with a move to the London side in recent days.  The summer could still prove to be quite an interesting one at Selhurst Park.


Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.