It’s not a no, but more of a not right now.
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Atlanta United has made no secret that they want to take Major League Soccer by storm when they enter the league in 2017, and Mexican international Andres Guardado has confirmed their interest from over the summer.
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Following Friday’s 2-1 win over the U.S. Men’s National Team, the El Tri midfielder told reporters that Atlanta has in fact been in contact with Guardado, however, a formal offer hasn’t been made.
“It’s not a secret that Atlanta inquired about my situation, but any sort of formal offer, that never came,” Guardado said. “Honestly, we haven’t had any concrete conversations.”
Guardado currently plays for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and will be under contract until the conclusion of the 2017/18 season. While that is the case, the Mexican star won’t rule out a future move to MLS.
“I’ve always said, ever since the rumors started about Atlanta and all of that, that MLS is a league that’s growing, that obviously I can’t close the door on any particular league,” Guardado said. “Right now obviously I’m at PSV, and honestly it’s like a second home to me, they’ve treated me so well since I arrived.
“In the life of a footballer, though, you never know what the future holds.”
To this point, Atlanta has already made splashes in the transfer market, acquiring former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to coach the team and signing ex-Premier League striker Kenwyne Jones.
Atlanta and Minnesota United FC will each take part in December’s MLS Expansion Draft, which allows both clubs to sign up to five players from existing MLS rosters.Follow @MattReedFutbol