Monterrey’s Brazil-born midfielder Lucas Silva gained Mexican citizenship on Tuesday, opening the door to him playing for El Tri.
“Mexico has given me everything, I’ve grown as a player here,” Silva told Récord on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Silva has been in Mexico for 10 years, working his way from second-division sides Altamira, Delfines, Correcaminos, Dorados and Veracruz, before moving up to the first division in the summer of 2011 with Puebla.
Since then, Silva has moved on to Toluca and was signed by current Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich ahead of the Apertura season for Los Rayados, provoking speculation that he may be called into next week’s national team training camp ahead of October’s World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Panama and Costa Rica.
“It was a personal decision to obtain naturalization, it was for my family and my kids, because I have been in this country a long time,” Silva said.
Silva possesses a physical presence that few in the current Mexican player pool can boast. He can play either in the center or on the right and has a high work rate and the ability to get up and down the pitch while scoring goals as well.
Following Liga Bancomer MX rules, Silva will still count as one of Monterrey’s five permissible foreign players, and it will be in the Clausura 2014 that he will be registered as a domestic player.