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Palace Sign Spain U20 Skipper Jose Campana

Campana's Spain side were eliminated at the quarter-final stage in Turkey.

Campana’s Spain side were eliminated at the quarter-final stage in Turkey.

Crystal Palace have signed Spain Under-20 captain Jose Campana from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee.

The central midfielder signed a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League side.

Campana led Spain at the FIFA U20 World Cup this summer in Turkey, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Uruguay.

Last season Campana’s form was plagued by a foot injury that limited the youngster to just five appearances in La Liga. However, an impressive display during the summer internationally caught the attention of Palace manger Ian Holloway, who believes Campana will be key to their Premier League status.

Holloway said: “I’m absolutely delighted. Everybody knows the way I want to try and play football and how fantastic Spain have been over the past 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 as well as we can in this division and making signings like this is really going to help us.”

Campana told Palace’s official club website: “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.”

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About Tom Bennett

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