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Source: Alvaro Medran not returning to Chicago Fire in 2022

Alvaro Medran

Alvaro Medran will not be returning to Chicago Fire FC in 2022, a source confirmed to Medran had club options for 2022 and 2023.

Fabrizio Romano first reported the news.

Medran, 27, joined the Eastern Conference club ahead of the 2020 season. He has been one of Chicago's bright spots as they missed the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs each of his two years with the club. He has five goals and 12 assists in 54 appearances. The Fire have one game remaining in 2021, against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday as part of Decision Day (3:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+).

The Spanish midfielder graduated from Real Madrid's academy and spent time in La Liga with Madrid, Getafe, Valencia, Deportivo Alavés and Rayo Vallecano. Medran made 77 top division appearances, including 21 during his last season with Rayo. He was without a club prior to signing with Chicago.

Chicago parted ways with head coach Raphael Wicky before the end of the 2021 season and have reportedly already told nine players they won't be picking up their contract options, including defender Francisco Calvo. The future of Designated Player Gaston Gimenez is also up in the air. This offseason is expected to be a busy one for CFFC.