News has learned that Keven Aleman, a former member of the Toronto FC
academy and whose rights were acquired by the Vancouver Whitecaps in
the Terry Dunfield trade earlier this year, is close to making a
decision on where he will playing for the foreseeable future.
Aleman, who has been on trial in Spain and has interest from clubs there, is currently weighing what is best for his career.
has done well there and attracted interest from clubs in Spain. But he
loves Vancouver and would be happy if he ended up signing there as
well," Courtney James, Aleman's agent told Metro today. "He's just
looking at all the angles right now before he makes a choice."
was hesitant to give a timeline for the decision but was confident they
would have something to announce in the days ahead.
has been a top class organization to Keven. They've allowed him to
explore his options and put no pressure on him to make a decision,"
James said. "We should know very soon where he is going."
Aleman, who is only 17, was to choose Spain, he would be joining an
academy side on a non-professional contract. But even it was a second
division club, because of the way Spain's academy competitions are
structured, he would likely see competition against the top academies
in the country including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The news of an imminent signing comes only a few months after Aleman went through a very public departure from TFC when the club released him for, in their words, refusing to sign a letter of intent. Aleman hit back shortly after, saying that he had full intentions of signing with Toronto but wanted to wait until after the U-17 World Cup.
would be shipped to the Vancouver Whitecaps soon after in the trade
that brought Dunfield to Toronto. Vancouver now has Aleman's MLS
rights for the next three years.
Metro News will update on his selection when a deal is finalized.
Vancouver or Spain? Aleman close to making decision