Eduard Atuesta will be out of contract at the end of 2021, and before the season kicked off, the player admitted he was not going to worry too much about his future, with rumors circulating that he could get a move abroad, particularly to Brazilian club Palmeiras.
But it sounds like LAFC will either get to keep the player around for years to come, or at least strengthen his value on the transfer market, after head coach Bob Bradley confirmed Atuesta is on the cusp of a new deal.
“I believe that they are either close or have finalized an extension to his contract,” Bradley told reporters Thursday during LAFC’s weekly availability.
That announcement comes after an anonymous transfer account on Twitter claimed a new deal was imminent on Wednesday.
DONE DEAL ✅✍— Transfers24hr (@transfers24hr) April 20, 2021
Atuesta already has agreement to renew with LAFC, announcement may happen in coming days! The player will thus extend the bond that ended in 2022! https://t.co/rFQBiiPSfW
Considering how important Atuesta has been to LAFC’s success the past couple years, the former MLS Best XI selection sticking around certainly sounds like great news.
“Eduard loves playing here,” Bradley said. “And obviously, he’s an important player and we have really enjoyed how we work with him every day, and with guys like Eduard and Diego [Rossi], they know that we’re committed to helping them at the right time move on because that’s their goal, but that in order to do that, that means that every day they have to continue to push themselves and to listen and to be coached and find ways that they can grow as players.”
Bradley praised Atuesta’s skillset and dedication on LAFC.
“Eduard, you can tell just by the way he comes in every day, he appreciates the way we play, the way we’ve worked with him, the training. He still sometimes gets caught in a situation where he tries too much in the wrong moment, and then he knows I’m still gonna get on him for that. He’s an interesting player to work with because he’s got some real creativity and some flair, and we’re always trying to help him understand the moments where that’s no problem and the other moments where he sees things a little quicker and plays a little simpler might be better for the team,” Bradley said.
So, it sounds like LAFC may have an official announcement on a new deal anytime now, considering Bradley almost certainly is in the know on this.
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