David Moyes: Ex-Arsenal forward Carlos Vela potentially 'one of Europe's best'

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David Moyes is a huge fan of Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela.

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes has told The Guardian that forward Carlos Vela could be one of the finest players in Europe.

Moyes, who lasted less than a year in charge of Manchester United having replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, has been back in work since November, when he made the surprising move over to Spain with La Liga side Real Sociedad.

So far, Moyes has won nine of his 29 games in charge of the San Sebastian outfit, as he bids to rebuild his reputation away from the Premier League.

Sociedad have some star players at their disposal even after the recent departures of Claudio Bravo, Asier Illarramendi and Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively - and the biggest is Mexican forward Carlos Vela.

The 26-year-old joined Sociedad from Arsenal in a loan deal in 2011, and turned that into a permanent move in 2012 - but Arsenal sold their buyout clause in the striker just last summer, meaning Arsene Wenger wouldn't be able to bring him back on the cheap.

With 56 goals and 34 assists in 154 appearances for Sociedad, Vela has been a superb signing - and his manager Moyes told The Guardian that he could be one of the best players in Europe, adding that he is an 'entertaining, great talent' who makes a big difference when he is fully fit, having endured some injury problems this season.

Arsenal had the chance to buy Vela back last season but spurned that opportunity - and whilst some fans were disappointed, others would rather look towards young English players like Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain than go back to Vela, who made no impact at the Emirates Stadium before his move to Spain.

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