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Carlos Vela could return to the Mexican national team

Carlos Vela could return to the Mexican national team

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on October 16, 2014

“The ideal time is now,” Mexico’s director of national teams Hector Gonzalez Inarritu told Medio Tiempo on Wednesday. “It is a new group.”

The director added that Giovani dos Santos and Andres Guardado have both spoken to Vela and told him that the atmosphere in El Tri’s camp is positive.

“It’s a new process, they are games in Europe and he doesn’t have a long trip that could disrupt his rhythm,” said Gonzalez Inarritu, referring to next month’s friendlies. “What remains is to call him and that’s it.”

Whether Vela – who has been struggling over the last few months with a foot injury – accepts is a different matter entirely.

The former Arsenal player last appeared for Mexico in March 2011, refusing chances to join the squad in early 2012, for the Olympics in London, under Victor Manuel Vucetich last year and finally ahead of Brazil 2014.

Each time Vela has cited different reasons, from wanting to establish himself in Europe, to personal matters and not wanting to take the place of someone who had been involved in qualifying for the World Cup.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has stated on numerous occasions that Vela would only get one more chance and that if he doesn’t have a good reason for not accepting the call up, he will not be considered in the future.

In an interview with La Jugada earlier in the week, Herrera signaled his intention to include Villarreal’s Jonathan Dos Santos in his next squad to face the Netherlands (Nov. 12) and Belarus (Nov. 18).

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