Agent: Alejandro Bedoya could leave Nantes in January

The midfielder, who played in all four of the U.S. team's World Cup games, will likely move away from the French club this winter after talks of a new deal fall apart.
Alejandro Bedoya has enjoyed a good run with French club Nantes in the year since transferring in from Sweden, but his stay with the Ligue 1 side could be short-lived. Talks between the U.S. World Cup midfielder and Nantes on a new contract have broken down.

Bedoya joined Nantes in the summer of 2013, signing a three-year deal at the time. He has been a regular starter for Nantes, starting in seven of the team’s 11 matches this season. Currently sidelined with a thigh injury, Bedoya has helped the French club enjoy a strong start to the season that has Nantes in fifth place in Ligue 1.

“We had discussions with Nantes on a new contract but we couldn’t reach an agreement” Bedoya’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told Goal USA. “We will explore options with him in January and he could move then or in the summer.”

With no agreement reached on a new contract, Nantes could look to sell Bedoya as early as the upcoming January transfer window, when the club could still realistically receive a good transfer price. Bedoya will be free to sign a pre-contract with a new team as early as the summer of 2015.

Bedoya, 27, played in all four of the U.S. national team’s World Cup matches in Brazil, starting three times. He spent a successful year with Swedish side Helsingborgs before signing with Nantes on a free transfer in August of 2013. At present, Bedoya is the only U.S. national team field player who has earned regular starts in one of Europe’s top leagues.