New England adds Spanish midfielder Carles Gil to squad after weeks-long chase

The Revolution made yet another addition to its attacking corps on Wednesday, signing attacking midfielder Carles Gil to a reported two-year contract. According to reports in Spain, Gil — pronounced Heel — had arrived at the Marbella Football Center in Málaga on Tuesday.

While the Revolution traditionally do not reveal contract details, including length, salary, and a transfer fee, Spain’s Radio Galega reported New England was to pay approximately $1.7 million for Gil’s release from Spanish Segunda side Deportivo de La Coruña, a club which reportedly looked to shed salary off its books.

As soon as the club receives his P-1 visa and his International Transfer Certificate, Gil will occupy one of New England's two Designated Player slots on the roster.

Gil joins a rather crowded attacking midfield unit, and is a player known for his creativity and skill on the ball. However, Gil has scored a total of 13 goals in 204 appearances for five clubs, and has scored no goals this season in 18 appearances for Deportivo headed into the last few weeks.

Deportivo had held the 26-year-old Gil out of its last few matches as transfer talk heated up between the Revolution and the Spanish side.

“He’s very technical on the ball and he’s a creator,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns told the club's social media host, Elizabeth Pehota. “He’s an attacking midfielder, a No. 10-type player. I think he’s going to add a dimension to our team that we don’t currently have and hopefully make all the players around him a little bit better.

“In terms of what he’s able to do, his vision, his technique (and) his ability to distribute the ball, that’s what he’s known for and that’s what we’re hoping he brings to us.”

Gil started his career with Valencia’s B squad before seeing the first team purchase his contract. He then went on loan to Elche Club de Football, also in Spain, and helped Los Illcitanos gain promotion to La Liga for the 2013-14 season. After a return to Valencia, English side Aston Villa purchased his contract in January 2015.

Villa then loaned him to Deportivo in July 2016, before the club purchased his contract outright in 2018.

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