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Thursday 18 July 2013

In brief: Palace sign midfielder Campana

Spain Under-20 star signs from Sevilla; Clark agrees new Aston Villa contract

  • Jose Campana in action for Spain during the FIFA Under-20 World Cup

  • Defender Ciaran Clark has become an important part of the Aston Villa team

Spain Under-20 midfielder Jose Campana says it is a 'dream' to play in the Barclays Premier League after completing his move to Crystal Palace from Sevilla.

The 20-year-old becomes Ian Holloway's fourth signing of the summer after agreeing a four-year deal with Palace, who were promoted to the top flight by winning the play-off final at Wembley Stadium in May.

"I'm delighted to become a Crystal Palace player," Campana told the club's website. "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.

"The way he plays the game is the way I believe it should be played"
Ian Holloway on Jose Campana

"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."

Campana came through the Sevilla academy and made his first-team debut in August 2011. He made a total of 20 appearances for the club before a foot fracture curtailed his contributions last season. He led Spain at this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals after an unbeaten group campaign.

"I'm absolutely delighted," Palace manager Ian Holloway said. "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. 

"He's a fantastic player, his maturity is unbelievable, and the way he plays the game is the way 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."

Clark pens new Villa deal

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club for another three years.

The 23-year-old, who made 29 Barclays Premier League appearances last season, joins Brad Guzan, Andreas Weimann, Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood in committing his future to the club this summer.

"We feel like we have very strong foundations in place," Clarke told the club's official website. “The last couple of seasons we've had some ups and downs and we've always stuck together and supported one another, whatever's happened. We'll continue to do that and that's what will continue to help us to progress together as a team.

"The manager has also been superb in instilling confidence and ambition, a real desire to succeed for the Club and we're all hungry to achieve something here.

"This season will be another tough challenge but we have the players and we have a good young squad, everyone is hungry for it, we're working as hard as we can and we can't wait to start."

Clark has been with the club since he was 12 and made his debut in the victory over Fulham in August 2009. He has gone on to make 64 League appearances, scoring five goals.

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Key Points

  • Crystal Palace sign Jose Campana from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee
  • Spain Under-20 midfielder agrees a four-year contract
  • Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark signs new three-year deal