The 26-year-old saw Mexico teammate Giovani dos Santos leave Villarreal for the LA Galaxy in July and he has now confirmed that he also had the chance to swap Spain for the USA.
Without revealing the names of the stateside teams who were after his signature, the former Arsenal forward said: "There were several options. The truth is, it was interesting to me to be close to my country and that makes you re-think what you want.
“But it did not happen and I am still here. The only thing I can do now is think about La Real and give everything.”
Vela’s comments are particularly interesting considering the ex-Gunners prodigy was reported to have rejected a move to West Ham United in the summer after the Hammers exercised the £21.4 million release clause in his Real Sociedad contract [h/t Marca].
Nevertheless, while it’s unclear how much truth there was to those rumours, the La Liga star has not ruled out a return to England in the near future, having suggested that he would be open to a new challenge come the winter transfer window.
"Until January I will be happy at Real but, in January, I do not know what might happen,” he added. “Whenever the market is open, anything can happen because there will be options, in January or next summer. I do not know what will happen."
Vela, who joined Real Sociedad from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 following an initial season-long loan, has scored 57 goals in 161 total appearances for the Basque outfit, so it’s no surprise that his name has continued to be linked with clubs across Europe.
An MLS switch, on the other hand, would have been somewhat of a surprise considering he could help a lot of Premier League teams but, having seen the likes of fellow El Tri star Dos Santos, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa and Kaka all make the move across the Atlantic of late, perhaps it would be foolish to underestimate the league’s growing appeal.