The prolific Mexican forward has not been part of El Tri's World Cup qualifying effort but could be in line to provide a helping hand in the fall after a prolonged saga.Carlos Vela could be in for a shock return to the Mexico squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers, according to Marca.
The Spanish publication claimed Wednesday that Vela may have made a deal with Mexico coach Jose Manuel De la Torre to return to the national team squad to play the last four qualifiers, during May’s meeting between the two.
Vela was not included in either Mexico’s squad for the Confederations Cup or the Gold Cup squad, with De la Torre saying Vela couldn’t fully commit himself to El Tri at the present time. The 24-year-old Vela will instead rest during the summer ahead of a busy upcoming domestic season, which will include playing in the Champions League.
Despite rumors, Vela stressed in the same interview that he wants to remain at Real Sociedad, where Vela tallied a team-high 14 goals in league play, good for ninth most in La Liga.
“How could I miss next season (with Real Sociedad)?” Vela said. “I too want to play in the Champions League.”
Speculation around a possible return to the national team for Vela has intensified recently, with Mexico struggling in World Cup qualification -- with no goals scored in three 0-0 home qualifying draws at the vaunted Estadio Azteca -- and heading into the FIFA Confederations Cup low on confidence.