With Steven Gerrard entering his last season, the LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager seems determined to see Gerrard off into the sunset with someone he never won in England, and that is a championship winning medal.
To do that Arena signed veterans Ashley Cole and Jelle van Damme earlier this week and today he completed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong.
All three players have vast experience in Europe, and none were signed under the DP ruling, meaning that LA have decreased their wage cap drastically this winter, while adding experience. Terms of De Jong’s contract have not been released yet, but the length of De Jong’s contract is rumoured to be only one year, financed partly through TAM from the league.
After signing Cole Arena commented:
“Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career.”
“He can provide our defense with valuable experience.
De Jong, who he seems to have been around for ever, is still only 31-years-old. He has played with some of the biggest teams in Europe in the past few years, such as Ajax, where he started his career, Manchester City and Milan.
The former Rossoneri midfielder has represented Holland for almost 12 years now, and featured for the Oranje in the 2010 World Cup final. There, De Jong infamously karate kicked Xabi Alonso, but did not receive a red card.