Carlos Vela on El Tri absence: 'I believe I did the correct thing'

The Real Sociedad striker opened up on his interests beyond the game and discussed his decision not to play for the Mexican national team.
Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela is not the type of player who lives, breaths and dreams soccer.

The 24-year-old Mexican prefers to talk about anything else when the final whistle blows, according to an extensive interview the forward gave to Spain's Canal+.

"I enjoy playing but the moment the game ends, football ends and you can talk to me about anything except football because I don't feel comfortable," Vela said.

The former Chivas player expressed his preference for Real Madrid when it comes to club teams, but added that he has "never been crazy enough about soccer to say, 'I'm a Madrid fan until death,'" and can switch off easily if Los Merengues lose.

The topic of Vela's decision not to commit to El Tri was also brought up, and the forward made it clear there are underlying factors to his perplexing stance.

"I see something that I don't like, I prefer not to participate and say, 'Look, I'll leave you to it, I wish you the best, a lot of luck and I support you, but I don't want to be there,'" he said.

Vela asked for respect and for people not to call him a traitor to his country "because it is not at all true."

"The important thing is to be convinced of what you do and (to be able to) say, 'In this moment I believe I did the correct thing,'" Vela said.

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