Emanuel Villa not planning to play for Mexico

The Argentine striker will soon receive a Mexican passport, but has no designs on an El Tri uniform

Emanuel Villa is set to receive Mexican citizenship, but those hoping to see the red hot striker in an El Tri uniform may be getting ahead of themselves.

The leading scorer of the 2013 Clausura says he will obtain a Mexican passport shortly, but his plan is simply to open up a foreigner spot for his club, and repay the warm welcome he and his family have received in Mexico.

“We always felt indebted,” the Argentine said. “Mexico has given us everything, and the question of naturalization, I’m almost there, and I’m going to do it.”

After debuting with Huracan in his homeland, Villa soon emigrated to Mexico. He has since played for Estudiantes, Cruz Azul, Pumas and now Tigres in a seven-year stint broken by a year in England with Derby County.

Despite a goal scoring trajectory with all those clubs and his professed appreciation for Mexico and its soccer, Villa says his intention is not to suit up for El Tri.

“I’m not doing for the question of the national team,” said Villa, “but rather to not occupy a foreigner spot, which is important to these clubs.”

Despite the stance on not playing for El Tri, Villa - who has never suited up for Argentina at any level - would be free to play for Mexico as soon as he obtains a passport.