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Omar Campos on his journey with Santos Laguna: ‘it is my house’

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Omar Campos is rapidly turning into a determine to observe in Liga MX. 

The 20-year outdated first joined Santos Laguna in 2016, forming a part of the membership’s academy earlier than making his skilled debut beneath supervisor Guillermo Almada a yr later. He got here on as an Eighty fifth-minute substitute, changing Juan Ferney Otero as Santos held the 2-0 victory. 

He has since gone on to document three targets in 65 appearances, turning into an integral a part of the workforce. 

“Santos is like my house. I took an incredible affection for it as a result of it  was the one who noticed me develop, to develop, and taught me many issues. The workforce gave me my skilled debut, beneath Profe Almada, and I’m very grateful to him,” he mentioned solely to 90min

“Membership Santos has been very particular for me. It’s good to be right here within the Laguna. I’m very content material, and proud of the workforce.”

When he first arrived, Campos performed as a chosen winger however the membership’s academy noticed a unique potential. He slowly transitioned right into a left again, working in new methods to face out and compete with the workforce’s seniors. 

Santos Laguna’s academy has not too long ago produced nice left backs, coaching Ajax’s Jorge Sanchez and Ok.R.C. Genk’s Gerardo Arteaga earlier than the 2 made their leap to Europe. 

“From the fundamental forces they have you ever working laborious in coaching and within the gymnasium. In actual fact I used to be not a left again in any respect, I arrived as a winger and out of nowhere I used to be given the chance for left again, and I made essentially the most of it to proceed enjoying,” he mentioned to 90min

The leap to left again untapped immense potential within the younger participant, propelling him to safe a slot within the workforce’s beginning lineup. His fixed involvement has impressed Santos Laguna to a profitable 2022 Liga MX Apertura marketing campaign, reaching fourth within the desk with 30 factors and a document of 9W-4L-3D. 

Campos managed one aim and two assists, amongst a number of sturdy defensive performances. However the participant credit the workforce’s unity for the current triumphs. 

“We’re doing a very good job within the event. As a workforce we’re very united, and with the proposal and mentality of going for the championship. In the beginning of the season we have been many people, however now we’re a united workforce. We’re all on the identical path and it’s one thing that has helped us loads on this event.”

The workforce has one regular-season match left earlier than turning their focus to the postseason. With a victory on Sunday, Santos can safe a 3rd place slot on the desk and the house playoffs match that comes with it. For now, the membership has certified instantly into the quarterfinals. 

Whereas Campos expressed his want to succeed in the ultimate and raise the cup with Santos, the dream to play in Europe stays. 

“My dream has at all times been Europe, like Arteaga and Sanchez. I’ve that phantasm, and that dream of enjoying there.”

He at present stands as one of the crucial costly younger gamers within the league, valued at an estimated $5m. Rumors emerged throughout the previous switch window of a doable transfer overseas, and although Campos revealed provides did arrive, nothing was cemented. 

“I did have some provides, however nothing very formal. Many proposals have been talked about to me however proper now I’m targeted on Santos. And what comes subsequent, let’s examine what occurs however proper now I am with the workforce to demise and we’re going for the championship.”

The present aim stays: raise the Liga MX trophy. 

“Proper now, I aspire to provide good outcomes with Santos, to provide my finest in every recreation to succeed in the ultimate and win the championship, which is essentially the most stunning factor.”

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