Mexico's favorite novel may come to an end soon. After refusing several times to join El Tri, Mexican Carlos Vela has been called up by Miguel Herrera for next month's friendly matches against The Netherlands and Belarus. Recently, the Real Sociedad wingman assured this was not an appropriate time to play with his National Team, but Herrera wanted to end the controversy surrounding Vela, so he decided to summon the player.
"I have been told he wants to play with us. We know that he's having some problems with his left foot, but we want to talk with him and integrate him with the rest of the team. He is a top player and we would be glad to have him," coach Miguel Herrera stated.
Mexico's manager knows that Vela has a history of refusals to joining El Tri, but he remains calm, since the National Team's officers have taken every step in the right direction to call the player up. If he refuses, he has to document why he doesn't want to go.
"The ball is on his side of the pitch. If he says 'no' one more time, then he will have to publicly say why, that's what is different this time. We want to check him out, have a word with him, and let him know that we are counting on him to join us," Herrera added.
Vela has not taken part of any matches with El Tri since 2010, when he was accused by former Head of National Teams Nestor de la Torre of hosting a party in the team's hotel. Vela was sanctioned for six months and fined $50,000 dollars, and has refused ever since to wear El Tri's shirt again.
Herrera also called up foreign based players such as Guillermo Ochoa(Malaga), Andres Guardado(PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan and Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez(Atletico Madrid), Javier Hernandez(Real Madrid), Jesus Corona (FC Twente), Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera(FC Porto).