Montreal Impact’s Laurent Ciman ‘Shocked’ By LAFC Move

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Laurent Ciman was “shocked” when he found out that he was traded to Los Angeles FC by the Montreal Impact on Tuesday, according to his agent.

Ciman was hoping to end his MLS career in Quebec.

“That chat was a real kick in the teeth,”Ciman’s agent Jean Russo said in an interview with 91.9 Sports.”Laurent and [his wife] Diana were shocked — they didn’t sleep the whole night.

“His first reaction, in the heat of the moment, was: ‘We let everything go!’ That’s why he didn’t want to speak to the media immediately.

“After a night’s sleep, he said to himself that he would keep the house and come back here.”

According to the agent, Ciman was rushing to find a suitable solution for his autistic daughter, Nina, with only a month remaining until Los Angeles FC begins preseason training.

“It happens in sport, but the club could have informed us so we could find installations for Nina, a house etc,” the agent said.

“We only have a month now. Words fly around, but only what is written down remains. From now on, I won’t trust anyone. There was a verbal understanding that Laurent would spend his whole MLS career at Montreal Impact.”

Ciman will now be coached by Bob Bradley.

“Laurent has to go there to become the defender he was in 2015,” Russo said. “With such a coach, it’s more than possible.”