Carlos Vela has signed a new four-year deal with Real Sociedad, keeping him at the club until 2018 amid speculation that Arsenal would activate their option to bring the Mexican striker back at a cut-down price.
It is understood that Arsenal had the option to purchase Vela for just £3.5 million after a season where he finished with 21 goals and 13 assists in La Liga. Given the bargain that this would be, it was assumed Arsene Wenger would activate this.
However, Vela’s reluctance to return to the Emirates, where he never really fit in and Sociedad’s determination to keep him has seen the 25-year-old sign a new deal and stay in Spain.
In order to do this and remove the clause, it is reported that Sociedad needed to pay Arsenal £8.8m, plus a further £4m in possible performance-related bonuses.
With Arsenal’s targets lying elsewhere the deal is beneficial to all parties involved. The player himself seems happy to be staying put.
“I’ve always said that this is my home. I am very happy in San Sebastián, which I told the president when he asked for my intentions.
“We knew it would not be easy, but thankfully it is resolved and all parties are happy. This club, this team has the ambition to make it better, and I am convinced that we will perform an exciting year.
“Now I get to enjoy my last days of vacation with my family to come with great force and to prepare this great year in the best way.“