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Carlos Vela thanks Real Sociedad for his time at the club

Carlos Vela thanks Real Sociedad for his time at the club

Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela has thanked the club ahead of his move to Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC.

The Mexican forward will play his last match for La Real on Wednesday night against Sevilla, before making his €5m to America.

Having agreed a deal with the MLS side back in August, Vela remained at the Basque club with the view to moving in January and it is now confirmed that Wednesday’s game will be his last at the Anoeta.

Vela, joined Sociedad in 2011 on loan from Premier League side Arsenal, before making his move permanent in 2012.

He has since gone on to make over 200 appearances over six season, netting an impressive 72 goals and assisting 41 times.

Speaking with ABC de Sevilla on Monday, Vela thanked the club for his time and success.

“I have enjoyed the best years of my life here,” Vela said..

“I will take a thousand things from my time here, I have a Basque girlfriend, a Basque son and these are the aspects which shape my entire life.

“I have always felt comfortable here and have feelings I have not had anywhere else and my decision to stay here so long was my best ever decision.

“It has been a while since I have finally decided to change as I have given my all for the club and the time is right now.

“I want to thank the fans very much for everything they have given me through both the good times and the bad, they will carry a place in my heart forever.

“I hope they continue to support both the club and keep an eye on my career from a distance.

“Now I want to end on a high with a win against Sevilla at the Anoeta.”

Los Angeles FC are is an American professional expansion soccer franchise based in the Exposition Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles and they undergo their debut season in the MLS next year.

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Vela joins a number of new faces with the new franchise in Laurent Ciman, Omar Gaber, Tyler Miller, Rodrigo Pacheco, Diego Rossi, Marco Urena and Walker Zimmerman.

The Mexican will now be coached by former Aston Villa and US national team boss, Bob Bradley.