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LA Galaxy have no plans to let Jonathan dos Santos go to Club América

Rumors may be out there, but they don’t sound realistic.

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Transfer rumors have been hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic, for obvious reasons, but the LA Galaxy have been in the middle of many of the few circulating around. As rumors have bubbled for months that Jonathan dos Santos could leave the Galaxy to join Mexican powerhouse Club América, technical director Dennis te Kloese says that’s not imminent.

“The truth would be a personal thing for Jonathan if he wanted us to listen to America, from the club and personally, as a professional matter, I would like him to be here for a long time, he is a very important player for the team. He is not the captain for nothing. He has already invested a lot of time here in the Galaxy and is very fond of the fans to let him go that easily, he still has a contract that is very important and we hope to see the best version of Jonathan, not just this year but also in the next,” Te Kloese said during an interview with ESPN.

The 30-year-old is in his fourth season with the Galaxy, and the central midfielder has gradually become not just one of the key players on his team but is approaching Best XI level around MLS, too. It makes sense LA would see him as a cornerstone for a run at MLS Cup.

On the other hand, the link to América is obvious. Dos Santos’ father played for the club, his brother Eder was a member of the youth ranks there prior to a brief professional career, and his other brother Giovani currently plays there. Gio and Jona have played together at three clubs in their career, including the Galaxy, and it seems quite likely they could do it again in the future.

But I don’t expect Jonathan to leave on this current contract. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s already a handshake agreement in place he can leave when he’s out of contract or after a certain point, but maybe not! We’ll see.

All that being said, don’t expect Jona to be shipped out to Mexico when the transfer window opens back up.

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