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New England's Agudelo 'bummed' at failed Stoke signing but glad to be home

Juan Agudelo admits he is still disappointed by his failure to gain a UK work permit.

The 22-year old striker joined Premier League club Stoke City in January 2014 but was unable to play for them as he was denied a working visa.

Agudelo was subsequently sent on loan to Dutch club FC Utrecht before re-applying for a work permit in May last year which was also turned down.

However, the former New York Red Bulls young gun is now back in MLS with New England Revolution and admits it is a great feeling to be back with the club where he spent the second half of the 2013 MLS season.

"It's really unfortunate that rules exist in England that prevent a club from signing a player that they wish," Agudelo told MLSsoccer.com.

"I'm bummed out that it didn't work out, but everyone moves forward, and I'm really excited to come back to a team that I'm familiar with.

"After Holland, there was still time to keep pushing for a certain outcome in Europe. Six months after that, I just thought it was time to get back on the field and do what I've loved doing since I was a little boy."

Agudelo is loving being back in New England and admits the choice to return was helped by the fact he now has a fiancée and child to look after.

"I felt like it was a place where I was really comfortable," headed. "I have a fiancée and a kid.

"It was a very important decision that I had to make."

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