Carlos Vela is one of the best players that have arrived in MLS in the past few years. Now that he’s playing his fifth season for Los Angeles FC, it doesn’t seem like he’s lost his touch, in anything, he’s improved his technique and his leadership.
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Even if Gerardo “Tata” Martino hasn’t considered him to be part of the Mexican national team, who are in need of a striker that can find the net regularly, Vela hasn’t showed any signs of lowering his level, as he’s battling to be the top scorer of the 2022 MLS Season.
So far, Vela has scored four goals in six games, including the perfect hat-trick he scored during the opening game of the season against Colorado Rapids, but he might not be able to break his own record -34 goals in one season- as his contract expires during the summer.
For now, neither Vela nor LAFC have started negotiations to extend his stay in Los Angeles, indicating that his stint with the Black & Gold is coming to an end. And given that he’s on the last months of his contract, he can start negotiating with any other teams.
His future is in Europe
With only 32 years and the consistent level he’s showed during his stint in MLS, Carlos Vela could play in any league that he wanted, including returning to Europe, something that could happen as he’s been followed by a few teams.
According to reports from ESPN journalist Mauricio Pedroza, neither Carlos Vela nor Saioa Cañibano, his wife, are happy in Los Angeles, as Vela is not comfortable in the MLS anymore and Cañibano wants to return to Spain, where his next destination is going to be.
In this situation, Javier “Vasco” Aguirre has the advantage, as he knows him very well and even tried to sign him when he was training La Liga side Leganés. Now that he’s coaching RCD Mallorca, he knows that if Los Bermellones want to succeed in La Liga, they’re going to need players of the caliber of Carlos Vela.
What will it take for him to play in La Liga?
After the 1-0 victory that Mallorca had against Atlético Madrid, they left temporarily the relegation spots, and with seven more games left to be played in the season it seems possible that they will remain in the Spanish top side for next season, something essential if they want to negotiate with players like Vela.