Revolution forward Juan Agudelo hinted at practice on Wednesday that he's leaving New England and MLS in the near future.
"Right now I'm focused on playing with the Revolution, but, I mean, everyone knows what I signed," acknowledged Agudelo.
Agudelo provided that answer when he was asked whether or not he sees himself staying in MLS or going abroad.
What Agudelo is referring to could be a rumored pre-contract with Stoke City of the English Premier League. Sources say that Agudelo's signing of the pre-contract would enable him to stay with the Revolution until December when his MLS contract expires before going abroad.
Agudelo has missed the Revolution's last seven games due to a knee sprain, though he's made considerable progress in his rehabilitation and could make an appearance in this weekend's game at Sporting Kansas City. Revolution Coach Jay Heaps did not address transfer rumors, though he stated that he wants Agudelo to contribute through the end of the season.
"We've gone 3-3-1 without him," said Heaps. "We miss him. Just having options and his physical play with his good feet, and his good vision, is something we miss. We've done well in certain areas without him but we want him back because we want to have the deepest team we can have right now."
Agudelo says that he's very close to full game fitness. Heaps stated that he wouldn't say what kind of role Agudelo will play on Saturday because it's still too early.
"It's really not ultimately my decision until I get the 'OK' from the medical staff. We have a medical staff that's looking out for the best interest of the player."
"He's so close and he's getting there. We need him for this stretch for the playoffs."
Agudelo seems set to help the Revolution push for the playoffs despite the seemingly done deal that will send him abroad in the winter. He said that he isn't getting distracted by the rumor mill, wants to help the Revolution push for the playoffs, and that it's been difficult to watch the team play while he's been sidelined with an injury.
"It's been one of the hardest months and half for me to be away from the team," explained Agudelo. "It would be unlucky to have such a team that we have and not make the playoffs.
"The Revolution is awesome. I'm going to play for whoever team is on my contract right now. Right now, 110 percent, my focus is on getting healthy and playing with the Revolution."
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