LAFC confirmed what Bob Bradley told reporters a couple weeks back, announcing on Friday they have signed midfielder Eduard Atuesta to a contract extension. However, the length of the deal is of particular note, with the parties agreeing to a one-year extension that will run through the 2022 season.
“Eduard is a special talent, which he has demonstrated throughout his time at LAFC,” said Co-President and GM John Thorrington in a team statement. “He is a top player in our league capable of playing at the highest level, and we are certain he will continue to play a critical part in our success for as long as he is here.”
Atuesta is now 23 and joined LAFC early in the 2018 season, so he’s been around almost from the beginning. The Colombian was an MLS Best XI selection in 2019, and aside from Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi, is considered perhaps LAFC’s most important player.
The contract length is very interesting, since it pushes the boat out a bit but doesn’t indicate Atuesta will be sticking around long-term, either. LAFC had been fielding transfer offers in recent weeks, but extending his contract a year buys them some time. However, it may not buy them a ton of leverage to get a big payday. At the same time, securing the player for this year is also another sign that LAFC want to go for titles this year, which could be the last go-round for this particular core group.
So, the news is official and we’ll see what happens from here. But Atuesta looks set to stick around a little bit longer with the black-and-gold, and that’s good indeed.
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