'He hasn’t lost the dressing room' - Vela denies disagreements with Moyes

The Mexican forward insists the squad are all pulling in the same direction as the Scot despite their underwhelming start to the new campaign

Real Sociedad star Carlos Vela has denied he or his team-mates have ever been at odds with coach David Moyes.

The outfit lost 3-2 at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday, with speculation rife that the former Manchester United manager - who was only appointed at Anoeta last November - faces the sack at Sociedad following their indifferent start to the new season.

Moyes was reported to have a difficult relationship with several of his stars, Vela included, with support at boardroom level also wearing thin after the 52-year-old only delivered two wins out of la Real's opening 10 games.

However, Vela insists there is no foundation to such speculation, and insists the team are united behind their trainer in order to emerge from their difficult patch.

"I’ve never gone against any manager, nor have I talked badly about any coach," the former Arsenal youth told AS. "I’ve always thrown myself at any challenge handed to me and tried to understand and learn.


"I hope things turn around because when he’s calm it means the team is doing well. Nobody thought that we’d be in this position and it’s natural that people are asking questions, but between us, the players, there’s no problem.

"He hasn’t lost the dressing room or anything like that, and we’re all trying move the club upwards, and we can only do that if we’re together."

"There’s no anxiety in the squad, but we’re conscious that we’re not in the zone where we want to be, we’re focussing on how to get out of this run and on working hard, that’s all we talk about in the team."

Vela himself has not enjoyed the best start to the new campaign, netting just two goals - both in his side's 4-0 win at Levante last Sunday - with concerns over his diet emerging.

But despite admitting that he had hoped for more, the 26-year-old believes he is now beginning to make progress on the physical front, and desires to get his team winning again.

"I feel I’m getting better all the time, trying to get stronger," he continued. "The start to the season hasn’t been the one I wanted, but it's a challenge to get back to my best.

"Every day I feel better physically, more comfortable, but we have to win first to make everything else improve, to turn the talk about us. to positive things and make things right again."

The Basque club currently lie 16th in La Liga, two points above the drop zone.