How Vela's potential loan to Barcelona was killed by LAFC

Monday March 30 2020
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Mexico's forward Carlos Vela (right) turns to celebrate after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group F match against South Korea at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 23, 2018. PHOTO | PASCAL GUYOT |

By AFP

LOS ANGELES

Reigning MLS Most Valuable Player Carlos Vela says he had a chance to join FC Barcelona earlier this year but his current side Los Angeles FC vetoed the deal.

Mexico's Vela said while it would have been a great opportunity for him in January he doesn't hold a grudge against his MLS employer.

"LAFC did not give me facilities to leave, although it is understandable. In the end, they seek the best for themselves and each for himself. I tried and it did not happen, and nothing happens because I am more than happy here," the forward told GQ Mexico magazine.

Vela, 31, said Barcelona offered him a four-month contract.

Vela has emerged as an MLS superstar with LAFC since arriving on a transfer from Spain's Real Sociedad in 2018.

Last year, Vela scored a MLS-record 34 goals in 31 games, with 15 assists.