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 By Marc Stein

U.S.'s Alejandro Bedoya extends contract with Nantes through 2018-19

U.S. international Alejandro Bedoya has finalized a contract extension with his French club Nantes through the 2018-19 season.

U.S. international Alejandro Bedoya has finalized a contract extension with his French club Nantes through the 2018-19 season, sources said Monday. ‎

ESPN FC first reported last week that the attack-minded Bedoya -- at a time many of his U.S. teammates are returning to Major League Soccer -- was in advanced negotiations on a new deal with the Ligue 1 club. ‎

Bedoya was under contract with Nantes through the 2015-16 coming into this campaign, but his continued rise as one of the club's most influential players prompted the sides to hash out a new deal that extends the relationship for a further three seasons. ‎

Sources say Bedoya, who joined Nantes in August 2013, has been ‎attracting interest from clubs in the German Bundesliga and English Premier League, as well as from MLS officials who would like to bring the 27-year-old to his league back home for the first time in his career. But the sides were determined to agree to new terms. ‎

Bedoya, one of the top performers for the United States in its World Cup run last summer in Brazil, earned a spot among the finalists in balloting for the annual ‎U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award, which ultimately went to Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Bedoya joined fellow national team members Kyle Beckerman, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones ‎as finalists for the honor along with Howard. ‎

‎Instead of moving to MLS out of college, Bedoya immediately went abroad, stopping in Sweden and Scotland in addition to his time in France. He was part of a strong contingent of Americans at the iconic Scottish club Rangers, along with Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu, when financial difficulties in 2012 sent the club into a spiral that ended with them landing in the fourth tier of Scottish soccer. ‎

Bedoya scored a memorable strike against Paris Saint-Germain in December for his lone league goal this season. He's earned 37 caps for the United States since 2010, scoring two goals for his country.

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