The Mexico coach did not rule out an eventual call-up for the in-form Real Sociedad forward, saying he was not judging him based on his recent choices.
“Everyone is important for the team and that’s why we always keep the doors open,” Chepo explained in his press conference on Monday. “We had a very pleasant chat with (Vela), and we took the decision to not call him up. We appreciate his honesty with us.”
De la Torre went on to explain that the goals of the Mexico set-up and those of Vela didn’t coincide, meaning perhaps the most in-form Mexican player will miss a summer in which El Tri will compete in World Cup qualifiers, the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup.
“I’m not judging the player, but gathering information and making decisions,” Chepo said.
The national team coach moved on from the theme of Vela in the press conference and stated that players have to get better at switching between playing for club and country, with the team drawing its last five games.
The former Chivas and Toluca coach also added that Oribe Peralta’s position in the squad is in doubt and that the Santos Laguna striker will be assessed by El Tri’s medical team to establish just how long the recovery period will be from his right knee injury.
Mexico starts its busy summer with a friendly on May 31 against Nigeria in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.