Mexican striker Carlos Vela has revealed he was close to joining Barcelona this season. He has been playing for LAFC since January 2018.
He previously played his club football in Europe, making his professional debut for Arsenal before going on to represent Celta Vigo, Salamanca, Osasuna, West Brom and Real Sociedad.
“It was really close,” the striker told MLS Soccer. “My second month for holidays, I was there with my piña colada and my agent called me to say, ‘Look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months and then you can go back to LA.’
“I said just say yes, I don’t care about the money or nothing. I’m going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. Barcelona, Real Madrid, you can’t say no. If it was only my choice, for sure, I’d take it.”
Vela netted 28 times in 28 games for Bob Bradley’s men, helping them lead by 19 points in the Western Conference standings.