Former Arsenal star called up for international duty despite three year exile

Carlos Vela is in the most recent Mexico squad despite his self-imposed exile.

Arsenal fans hear about Carlos Vela so much it is often hard to remember that he has left the club.

The Mexican left Arsenal for Real Sociedad on a permanent deal two seasons ago - but The Gunners retained a buy-back clause in his deal for a fee in the region of €3 million - a bargain considering the player he has gone on to become at the Anoeta.

Vela has banged in the goals and racked up the assists in San Sebastian and it was rumoured Arsenal were ready to bring him back to North London and give him the chance he never got previously at The Emirates.

However any hope of that passed in the summer with the official confirmation from Real Sociedad that they had agreed a deal with The Gunners to sever the buy-back clause, with around £8.8 to £12 million heading into the Arsenal coffers as compensation.

For Vela it is an expected end to a transfer saga - and now it appears another saga in his career might be coming to an end.

This one relates to his international career. Vela has 35 caps for Mexico but has not played for his nation since March 2011.

He has fallen foul with the management for his nation on several occasions which has seen him refuse call-ups to the 2011 Gold Cup and 2012 London Olympics.

In February this year he met with new coach Miguel Herrera to try and iron out his differences ahead of the World Cup. Vela again refused and ruled himself out of competition.

But now he is back in the Mexico squad, with Herrera expecting him to be present.

Herrera believes that Vela is keen to return, despite the player recently stating he is more focused on getting back to top form at club level.

Mexico take on The Netherlands and Belarus in the upcoming international break and time will tell if Vela, who could face sanctions from FIFA if he does not accept the call-up, will finally get back into the Mexican fold.

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