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LAFC star Carlos Vela is finalizing a new Designated Player contract to stay with the Black and Gold “at least until 2023”, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Fox Sports was first to report the news.

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Vela’s current deal is due to expire on June 30 and as such he has been free to sign a pre-contract anywhere in the world since the start of the year. Sources have warned that Vela is yet to sign the deal but now the former Mexico international is expected to stay in Los Angeles until the end of the 2023 campaign if not beyond.

Vela, 33, has been LAFC’s star player since arriving ahead of the club’s inaugural season in 2018. Since then, he has scored 63 goals and added 40 assists in 97 league and playoff appearances, leading LAFC to the Supporters’ Shield in 2019 and winning the league’s MVP award that same season. It was during this campaign that he scored a league record 34 goals.

Carlos Vela has been with LAFC since the start of his inaugural season in MLS. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have impacted Vela’s production since this year, registering just five goals and six assists in 20 appearances last season. So far in 2022, he has scored four goals with two assists.

Vela started his professional career with Arsenal, but spent much of his time there on loan with Celta Vigo, Salamanca, Osasuna, West Bromwich Albion and Real Sociedad. He eventually stayed with the Whites and Blues, signing permanently in 2012. He went on to score 73 goals in 250 appearances for Real Sociedad.

At international level, Vela made 72 appearances for Mexico, scoring 19 goals. He was part of the Mexico squad that took part in the 2018 World Cup. He also helped Mexico win the U-17 World Cup in 2005.

Source: espn.co.uk

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