LOS ANGELES — It has been a whirlwind several days for Carlos Vela and he still has to travel back to Spain.
“It has been crazy,” Vela said.
Finally, there’s some sort of normalcy as Vela was officially introduced as the first Designated Player for the Los Angeles Football Club.
“This is a statement that reaffirms what our club is all about,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “This is the start of building a team that everyone will be proud of.”
Vela, 28, has played in Spain with Real Sociedad since 2012 and will do so until the end of the year. Then he will head to the U.S. to become the cornerstone of the new LAFC expansion team.
Vela said conversations between the sides began three or four weeks ago.
“It’s a big move, the league, I have family and I have to move a lot of things,” he said. “It is a crazy move, but it is fun. I’m so happy to be here and proud to come to this new club and to be first player. I’m excited.”
Vela, who is also a prominent member of the Mexican national team, said he had offers from clubs from Spain, Italy and England.
Vela played at Arsenal in the English Premier League from 2005-12 and has had loan stints at Osasuna, West Bromwich Albion and Salamanca.
“I think it is the right moment to come here,” Vela said. “Because of the ambition of the team and the club is very good. The people have made me feel like this is my club, like I’m important. I’m very excited and proud to be here.”
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