Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has caused an outcry from Mexican supporters over his decision to not participate in the World Cup this summer.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for El Tri for the last couple of years following criticism from the press for underperforming and as a result of a bad relationship with executives of the Mexican Football Federation.
Despite making noises about a return to the national side following a change in management, Carlos Vela since denied the opportunity – a result of not wanting to disrupt his fantastic domestic season with Real Sociedad.
Earlier in the week, national team coach Miguel Herrera flew to Spain with officials of the Mexican Football Federation in an attempt to persuade the striker to participate in the World Cup. However, Carlos Vela declined once more – insisting that he’s not yet 100% ready to play for the national team.
Carlos Vela’s decision to not represent his country on the world’s biggest stage has been met with criticism and despair – from both fans and fellow Mexican players. 32-year-old Tigres striker Lucas Lobos chose to look at the positives, adding:
“The negativity and rejection of Carlos Vela is better for us and for those who play in that position because we now have another chance”
Nevertheless, there have been some who have defended Carlos Vela amongst the criticism. According to bendito futbol, one of those is Real Madrid legend Huge Sanchez who believes that the former Arsenal striker is suffering from an injustice, saying:
"We must defend him from the media attacks. He is saying 'no' to a situation that looks unfair and it makes him the best Mexican player. Something similar happened to me.”
“It is an abnormal decision, but he does not want to take the place of a colleague who has played the World Cup qualifiers."
“The Vela situation is something extra where pride and dignity has been put to one side.”
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