Last season Real Sociedad finished an incredible fourth place in La Liga after an excellent campaign for the Basque club. Qualification for the Champions League followed with victory against Lyon in qualifying, but that has been the only high point of their season so far.
Struggling at the foot of the table the club have struggled to handle the loss of two big stars in their revival last term.
First of all, they have clearly missed their manager. Philippe Montanier left the club to take the managers role at Ligue 1 side Rennes.
And of course, they miss Asier Illarramendi - the talented young midfielder who left for Real Madrid this summer in a whopping great £34 million move.
But with the likes of Inigo Martinez and Antoine Griezmann now both reportedly attracting interest at home and abroad it is reported that La Real will be looking to secure their star players to new long-term deals - one of which is of course former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela.
The Mexican forward left for San Sebastian last summer, completing a permanent deal after a year on loan with the club.
And he didn’t disappoint, with 14 goals and 12 assists in his 38 appearances for the club.
This year, he has been finding it tougher to grab games by the scruff of the neck, but still has four goals in eight games - as well as two assists - giging him a record of 18 goals, 14 assists, in his 46 games as a permanent Sociedad player.
What he also has is interest, with Borussia Dortmund said to be monitoring his situation recently.
A new deal would also put paid to any apparent interest in Arsenal re-signing the 24-year-old.
The Gunners have a buy-back clause in his current deal with Sociedad, as was reported heavily in the summer media.
And even though Vela himself stated he had no desire to return to North London, that clause looms like a dark spectre over his future at the Anoeta.
It seems now that steps are being taken to eradicate that clause, and also put potential suitors off a move for the player - who maintains he is quite happy where he is.
So don’t expect to see Vela in an Arsenal shirt again anytime soon.
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