Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela will not be part of Mexico's World Cup squad because he is not "emotionally or mentally" ready to return to the international fold, Mexico's football federation claimed on Monday.
The 24-year-old has been one of the best Mexican players in Europe for the past two seasons but has not featured in the national set-up since 2011 due to a fallout with then-coach Jose Manuel de la Torre and criticism in the press.
Current El Tri boss Miguel Herrera, national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu and other federation officials met with the Real forward on Monday in Madrid to gauge his intentions and interest in returning to the national team.
But Vela, once more, said he was not 100 per cent in the right mental and emotional state of mind, according to a news release from the federation.
"Therefore, Carlos Vela definitely will not be selected in the course of this World Cup process," the release stated.
There might be some finality now, with the same release stating that Herrera told the player he does not have the commitment he is looking for from his national team players.
Vela has scored 12 goals in 35 games for his country, and 14 goals in 33 games for Sociedad this season.
The Mexican team still have Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez as forward options in the 2014 World Cup, but no doubt would have been bolstered by Vela's presence.