Campo calls for Bilbao
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Ivan Campo has urged Athletic Bilbao to make an offer to prise him away from Bolton.
The Spanish midfielder continues to be an instrumental figure in the North West, as Bolton have again proved this season that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Despite conceding he is more than content with life in England, Campo refuses to distance himself from a return to his homeland after five years in the Premiership.
"I know there's a lot of talk about my possible signing for Athletic, and I can say I'm happy about the interest," he told the Sunday Mirror.
"If they want to sign me, come and talk to Bolton. I'm settled here and very happy, but Athletic trying to sign me makes me delighted.
"Love moves mountains and they've given me that at Bolton. They've let me play and I haven't had a single problem.
"And I met a coach who placed a lot of confidence in me and found me a position in midfield, which everyone can see is going well for me.
"It's my fifth season in the Premiership and although I'm happy here, I'm attracted by the idea of a return home. My parents are in San Sebastian and although they never told me where I should play, when a club like Athletic is interested in you it's important."
Meanwhile, another player linked with an exit from the Reebok Stadium is defender Tal Ben Haim.
The classy stopper is out of contract in the summer and with the likes of Portsmouth, amongst others, interested in his services, Sam Allardyce admits Bolton must pull out all of the stops if they are to keep him.
"Tal wants to play for a big club," he said. "But if he helps us make the Champions League for the first time that just might change his mind."