Carles Gil is officially a member of the New England Revolution.
After heavy speculation, it was announced on Wednesday that Gil has signed a Designated Player contract that will bring him to the United States. According to Frank Dell’Apa of The Boston Globe, Gil will make $2 million a year.
Gil has spent his entire career in Europe, starting with Valencia before spending time with Elche, Aston Villa, and Deportivo La Coruña. In sum, Gil has played 180 games across all competitions, collecting 13 goals and 14 assists.
Gil is expected to be an attacking threat for the Revolution, according to general manager Michael Burns and head coach Brad Friedel.
“He’s very technical on the ball and he’s a creator,” Burns told RevolutionSoccer.net. “He’s an attacking midfielder, a number-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.
Friedel also expressed excitement about Gil, noting that the midfielder has certain qualities that the club needed. Friedel explained that Gil is “a different type of 10 than we’ve had in the team.” He went on to mention that Gil is comfortable when using his left foot.
“He has tremendous quality on the ball,” Friedel said during an interview with RevolutionSoccer.net. “We were very unbalanced last year with not having a lot of left-footed players once Chris Tierney was injured and when Isaac (Angking) had his (medical) issues, so this’ll help balance things off in that regard.”
Gil is currently with the Revs in Spain and could see game action as soon as Friday.