Reported Leeds United target Jose Campana is keen to leave Levante but his stance has come as no surprise to president Quico Catalan, while speaking to Radio Marca.
Considering the late-blooming midfielder will turn 28 before the end of the season, you can understand why he may be suffering from a case of itchy feet.
Campana knows in his heart of hearts that this is perhaps his only chance to secure a big-money move to one of the biggest clubs in European football, with Atletico Madrid allegedly interested in making the Spain international play-maker their new Thomas Partey.
A Leeds side who have made huge strides under ambitious owner Andrea Radrizzani are also interested and, after failing with a £14 million offer, could return to the Castellon coast in January (SuperDeporte).
The Whites made light work of a strained market with a series of eye-catching signings. But, if they failed in one area, it was their inability to land the ball-playing central midfielder Marcelo Bielsa wanted.
While Levante will be desperate to keep hold of their one-time Crystal Palace man, Catalan is under no illusions that Campana could push to leave in 2021.
“I do not care that Campana publicly conveys his desire to leave. It is normal that José, with his age and potential, wants to play the Champions League and fight for titles. There is no problem,” he says.
Catalan adds that he would be willing to hold talks with Atletico Madrid regarding a potential January switch to the Wanda Metropolitano. Although he would refuse to accept less than £25 million for a man who made his Spain debut during the October international break.
“I see it as natural that Campana wants to grow,” he said. “He has told me to my face in my office. But his behavior here is exemplary.”
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