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Carles Gil, Revolution Players Want Gustavo Bou to Return
"He's done so much for this club, scored so many important goals."
Gustavo Bou has played in over 100 matches and tallied 48 goals for the New England Revolution but headed into the offseason his future is uncertain.
The Designated Player is in need of a new contract and it isn’t certain that New England will be the club to give it to him. At 33 years old, utilizing a DP spot on the veteran could be viewed as a risky investment as Bou has struggled to stay healthy.
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But the striker finished the season with a combined three goals in the last three matches of the season. La Pantera has a knack for finding the net when it matters most and his teammates hope that he will continue to score goals for New England in the future.
“I love Gustavo,” DeJuan Jones said. “He's my locker buddy. He's right next to me in the locker room. He's done so much for this club, scored so many important goals and he's a good presence in the locker room for us, a family-oriented guy and just a guy that works hard. We love him. Obviously hope to have him back and he’d be a great addition to our team next year.”
Revolution captain Carles Gil has combined with Bou for some amazing plays over the duo’s time in New England. The midfielder always seems to find a way to locate the striker on the pitch and play Bou in on goal.
But the duo has also built a relationship off the field and Gil hopes that his fellow DP will return next season.
“We know how important he is for the club,” Gil said. “I know he finished the contract but I don’t know if he will stay or not. I like to play with him and also outside the pitch I have a very good relationship.”
Bou took to social media on Thursday to express his gratitude to the club which might signal that he has played his last game in a Revolution uniform.
“Un solo gracias no alcanza! 🙌🏼” the caption read which roughly translates to “A single thank you is not enough!”
There is the option to bring back Bou on a non-DP deal — but that would require the striker to take a massive pay cut — which I wouldn’t blame him if he decided that wasn’t something he would want to do.
So while this offseason will be filled with changes, Bou could be one of the biggest.