A La Liga sensation with nine goals and nine assists to his name this season, Carlos Vela is continuing the fine form he first displayed for Sociedad a year ago.
He played a key role in firing the club into the Champions League, and is arguably the most in-form Mexican player in Europe.
Yet bizarrely he may not be a part of El Tri's World Cup squad in Brazil in the summer, out of his own choice.
Vela, 24, has not played for his country since March 2011, and today re-affirmed his lack of desire to end his self-imposed exile.
He has previously blamed a disillusionment with coaching changes, and his own personal problems for being unwilling to play for his country.
After talks today between the player and management, Vela declared himself not committed enough, and a Mexican statement read the following:
"The player said, again, that he not one hundred percent ready from mental and emotional point of view to face the World Cup.
"Ultimately, Vela will not be called during the World Cup process."
While the circumstances are slightly different, Vela's stance to turn his back on his country while at the top of his game evokes memories of Roy Keane at the 2002 World Cup.
At least this time he has given them plenty of notice, and has not been involved in their qualifiers, but the decision is likely to make him a very unpopular man in his homeland.
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