The world champion with Spain and the Mexican met from 2008 to 2011 at Arsenal in the Premier League, where they formed a great friendship
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Currently Cesc plays with the Monaco of French soccer and Carlos with the LAFC of the MLS (Photo: Special)
Although today Carlos Vela is one of the top figures in the United States MLS , his beginnings outside of Mexican soccer were very complicated. A clear example was his time at Arsenal FC , one of the most important clubs in the Premier League in England and who took him to Europe when he was only 16 years old.
During three seasons with “The Gunners” and under the command of French coach Arsene Wenger , Vela could not consolidate as a starter, because in 62 games, he only scored 12 goals and gave 10 assists , between league games and European competitions, so who had to leave in the 2010-2011 season in search of more activity.
One of his former teammates in the London team was Cesc Fàbregas , world champion with the Spanish team in South Africa 2010 and today captain of Monaco in France's League 1.
It should be mentioned that at that time, Cesc was not only the leader of Arsenal, but also one of the best footballers in the entire English league. In an interview for Marca , he spoke about his coexistence with the Mexican forward and confessed that since then he has admired his talent when it comes to defining in goal.
Although he did not have regularity at Arsenal, that experience helped him become a figure of the Royal Society of Spain (Photo: Twitter / @Arsenal)
For me Carlos (Vela) is one of the players with the best definition I have ever played with, I have it very clear and I saw him at Arsenal, I saw him at Real (Sociedad), I saw him when he was loaned to Celta (from Vigo ), I see it now in MLS
However, he accepted that because of his mentality , Carlos has not been able to be an elite player . “I have no doubt that Carlos has been a phenomenon and if it has not been more it has been because he did not want to and I have always told him that,” said the former Barcelona and Chelsea FC player.
Fàbregas fondly remembered that 2005 in which the Mexican arrived in London at just 16 years old, the same age he was when he began his British adventure.
Carlos is a friend of mine and he is one of those people with whom I have spoken a lot. I have had so many conversations with him […] for me he was like my little brother
The Spanish also came to Los Gunners at age 16 and was only part of the 2003-2004 championship (Photo: Instagram / cescf4bregas)
He even revealed that as his “older brother” some days he would scold him because he needed a little maturity, acclimatize and play for many minutes to grow.
He always said 'well, now, tomorrow' the morning that is always said of Mexicans. Tomorrow passed and I said, 'No, Carlos, it doesn't have to be done tomorrow, it has to be done today.' I repeated it to him several times, and even so, he has had a very good race
Despite the mentality of the LAFC star, Cesc admits that his former teammate's track record has been quite good . “When he has a good day he does spectacular things, what happens is that he has lacked that consistency to be a number one, but without a doubt he has been a great player,” he concluded.
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Vela's last match with El Tri was against Brazil in the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated (Photo: Reuters)
A few days ago, Gerardo “Tata” Martino , technical director of the Mexican National Team, declared in an interview for El Universal that the possibility of Carlos Vela returning to El Tri is increasingly complicated.
And it is that the Argentine strategist recalled that two years ago they met to find out the intentions of both parties, and after that talk, Vela declined to wear the Aztec shirt again.
The decision is always his. I took the initiative, we had a chat. He also knows that a National Team coach does not ask a player two, three or four times to come, because they are talking about the National Team
In addition, the proximity of the World Cup qualifying rounds make that reunion even more difficult, as the Cancun-born Quintana Roo told Martino that something similar happened in Brazil 2014 , as he was called up for the World Cup despite not playing the qualifying rounds. .
From the hand of Martino, Mexico beat the Netherlands and drew with Algeria during the last FIFA date (Photo: EFE)
He told me that there was a World Cup (Brazil 2014) in which he did not participate in the previous stage, they called him to see if he would go and he said how would he go if in the four previous years other teammates were killing each other (…) That's why I say that he feels that himself and, the closer we get to the decisive competition for the team, the lower the chances that he will change his mind.
For now, Mexico will be measured in Austrian territory against its counterpart in South Korea and Japan , next November 14 and 17 , respectively, as the last test before the end of the year.
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