Lucas Lobos won't count as a foreigner on Tigres' roster anymore, and could one day represent the Mexican national team.
“The paperwork for the nationalization through residency that the midfielder had started a while ago was concluded today,” wrote the club in a brief statement.
The news opens the door to the possibility of one of the Liga MX’s most consistent performers in recent seasons suiting up for El Tri in the future.
Tigres teammate Enrique Palos has already lauded the tricky playmaker’s ability and believes he has the necessary instruments for the national team.
“His quality has been demonstrated -- whether he is a foreign or not, he has enough quality,” Palos is quoted as saying in Record.
The 31-year-old has so far been reserved about the possibility of playing for Mexico, stating on various occasions that his nationalization was to free up one of the five foreigner spots the Liga MX allows and not as a path to international soccer.
“I’m not thinking of getting citizenship to play [for El Tri], so I can’t say it is a topic that people should talk about. We can’t talk until I have that paper,” Goal Mexico quotes him as saying on June 27.
But with the World Cup in Brazil around the corner, his paperwork in hand and an offense that has failed to fire without the alienated Carlos Vela, Lobos could be an intriguing option for Mexico coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.
The Mexico manager already called up Lobos’ friend and teammate Damian Alvarez – also born in Argentina - into the March 2012 2-0 friendly loss against Colombia.
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