Former Rangers flop may be on the move in January

Alejandro Bedoya, courtesy of AD

Alejandro Bedoya’s career resurgency  has been well-documented & now it looks like the 27-year old midfielder is about to write  a new chapter for his career.  Ives Galarcep  reported this week that Bedoya could leave Nantes as early as January due to mutual frustrations revolving around recent contract negotiations.

In his Goal.com article, Galarcep suggests that contract talks have completely broken down & that the American’s days with Nantes are numbered.  Bedoya is signed through the end of next season but is looking for a new contract on the heels of a successful World Cup that saw him play in all four matches for the United States & enjoy a positive first season in France.

Bedoya made 31 appearances in for Nantes last season, including 23 starts.  He had 44 shots in those matches – with 18 being on target & five ending up in the back of the net.  A thigh injury has kept him out of action for most of October, but he did return to the pitch this weekend in a 1-1 draw with Rennes.  He has started seven matches & made two substitute appearances in the new season.  He is yet to score on any of his 10 shots in 2014/15.

The move to Nantes was a turning point in Bedoya’s career that spurred him into a prominent role in the World Cup for the United States.  However, it appears that efforts to extend his current contract have fallen flat.  His agent told Galarcep, “We had discussions with Nantes on a new contract but we couldn’t reach an agreement.”

“We will explore options with him in January and he could move then or in the summer.”

Galarcep elaborated, “With no agreement reached on a new contract, Nantes could look to sell Bedoya as early as the upcoming January transfer window, when the club could still realistically receive a good transfer price.  Bedoya will be free to sign a pre-contract with a new team as early as the summer of 2015.”

Baptiste Riviere who covers Nantes for Blog FC Nantes spoke to Rangers Report about Bedoya’s situation.  “Bedoya did have a good beginning to the season, even if he didn’t score any goals.  I think it will be more difficult this season.  Players like Jordan Veretout, Yacine Bammou, & Itay Shechter are in competition with him.”

“I think we will still need him this season.  He is an offensive player, who plays behind an attacker or on the right side.  In my opinion, there are players who play better than him but he brings his motivation. He’s very committed.”

It is that work rate & resilience that could make Bedoya a very sneaky signing.  It’s also what has made him a Jurgen Klinsmann favorite.

Prior to the World Cup Klinsmann told Thomas Floyd of Goal.com“Alejandro Bedoya made a huge step forward over the last two years, especially last year when he broke through in a very strong French league.

“He’s played some very good games against big names.”

USA v. Portugal, courtesy of Getty Images

Tim Howard & Clint Dempsey also spoke of Bedoya’s attributes for the Goal.com article.  Howard explained, “He’s a good winger because he’s versatile.  He possesses the ball. He can get at people one on one.  He’s clever enough to not really force things and keep the play moving when it’s not there, which I think we need because you can’t always be a really tricky winger who goes past someone 10 times out of 10.”

Dempsey elaborated, “He has a great engine on both sides of the ball.  He’s a really unselfish player.  He gives everything he has for the team, and that’s what matters the most to him.  He’s a player that’s very difficult to deal with because he’s nonstop the whole game.”

Bedoya’s failed stint with Rangers nearly derailed his career permanently.  When he returned to Sweden the following season, it seemed to be a giant step backwards.  It is safe to say that the World Cup was a long shot given his difficulties to even get into Ally McCoist’s lineup in 2011-12.  Bedoya never seemed to win over McCoist, while middling injuries  added to the staggered feel to his time at Ibrox.

Three seasons later, Bedoya is poised to make the switch to a new club that may very well be the definitive moment in his career.  At 27, his career is reaching it’s peak & Bedoya has carved out his niche as a hard-working midfielder, who has a knack for scoring timely goals while playing a dedicated & rugged defensive game.  He also has a very good chance of making another push for one final trip to the World Cup in 2018.

Bedoya told Goal.com, “I’ve had a bumpy career so far, but it’s a credit to my hard work that I’m back in this position now. Confidence is the key in football — in any sport, for any athlete really. I’ve been able to get that back and I’m playing more free-spirited, and that helps me a lot.”

 

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