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Carlos Vela

25-Year-Old Forward     Real Sociedad  La Liga      Full Name: Carlos Vela


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Birthdate:  March 1, 1989    Birthplace:  Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico    Nationality:  Mexico    Height:  5' 10"    Weight:  150 lbs    

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Vela has signed a new four-year contract with Real Sociedad after the club paid Arsenal 8.8 million to remove the buy-back clause from his former contract, The Guardian reports.

Vela was linked with a return to Arsenal this summer by the Gunners activating the 3.5 million buy-back clause inserted in his 2012 transfer; however, Real Sociedad has now paid to obtain full ownership of the Mexican moving forward. The Spanish side's joint-top scorer (16) and leader in assists (12) last term, Vela has excelled since arriving in La Liga three seasons ago and represents Real Sociedad's most proven attacking threat.

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June 11, 2014

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Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay confirmed that Arsenal plan to execute the buy-back clause embedded in Vela's transfer agreement with Real Sociedad, reports the Daily Mail.

Vela was sent on loan by Arsenal to four different clubs after failing to earn a spot in the starting 11. He joined Arsenal in 2006, and moved to Real Sociedad in 2011 on loan at first, and then scored 31 goals in 78 games in 2012.

April 24, 2014

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Through 31 La Liga appearances this season, Vela has 13 goals and 11 assists.

Vela is one of only five players in the league to reach double figures in both categories, joined by Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale.

November 24, 2013

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Vela scored four goals during Real Sociedad's 4-3 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Vela increased his season goal total from three to seven on the day, a remarkable performance for the Mexican international.

August 25, 2013

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Vela scored the equalizer in the 74th minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Elche.

Vela has now scored two goals in as many Liga matches this season, as he continues to be a very important piece for the Real Sociedad attack.

August 17, 2013

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Vela scored in the 42nd minute and then assisted on Haris Seferovic's goal in the 70th of Saturday's 2-0 victory over Getafe.

An excellent start to the season for Vela, who has recorded 26 goals and 16 assists in the last two seasons combined in Liga play for Real Sociedad. He will next suit up against Elche on August 24.

March 29, 2013

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Vela stated Wednesday that he would prefer to stay with Real Sociedad instead of returning to Arsenal, the Daily Mail reports.

Vela was sold to the Spanish Club last summer but Arsenal was able to include a buy-back clause in case they'd like the Mexican forward to return to England. Despite a poor performance at Arsenal, Vela has scored 12 goals in La Liga action this season.

July 17, 2012

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Arsenal agreed to sell Vela to Real Sociedad after he lead the Spanish side in scoring last season while on loan, ESPN Soccernet reports.

Vela scored 12 times in one season with Sociedad, but was only able to score 11 times while playing on-and-off for Arsenal since 2008.