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The former Mexico coach indicated that businesses can "exert veiled, or not so veiled, pressure" on the national team.

Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre gave a rare interview on his time with El Tri on Thursday, indicating that sponsors bring undue influence on soccer decisions.

"Personal and business interests grow as the big event, the World Cup, approaches and they begin to exert veiled, or not so veiled, pressure so this or that player gets picked for the national team or so this or that coach does what they want him to do," Aguirre — Mexico coach at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups — told W Radio.

Aguirre opened up on a subject that comes up regularly in Mexican soccer, but that few people in power openly talk about.

The Espanyol manager's words came after he discussed the role of Mexico's national team boss following his meeting earlier this week with new El Tri coach Miguel Herrera, during which they "shared experiences," according to Aguirre.

The former international Aguirre wouldn't be drawn on whether Espanyol's Mexican center back Hector Moreno should be at the World Cup, saying it was a decision exclusively for Herrera.

"He has to make his own decision and he'll do so for the good of the team, with his own way of understanding his game," Aguirre said.

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