This wording comes because of the way MLS works, with the league holding all player contracts rather than individual teams. La Real’s statement did not mention 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, which was reported to be in on Vela earlier in the day.
Real Sociedad’s statement did say Vela would remain with the club, presumably on loan, until January, before joining his MLS team ahead of the first season. So if Vela does indeed become LAFC’s player, he will be match fit when he reports to training camp, as long as he does not get injured in the meantime.
With this, it sure looks like LAFC will land Vela, as long as another MLS team does not swoop in and grab him. That seems unlikely, but we only need official word on the part of MLS and LAFC to make it a done deal.
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