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Carlos Vela again turns down Mexico offer

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Carlos Vela has rejected another chance to play for Mexico's World Cup team.

Often considered Mexico's top player, the 24-year-old Real Sociedad forward met Monday with coach Miguel Herrera and other Mexican officials. Herrera said Vela "did not show the kind of dedication" required to play for the national team.

The Mexican federation said in a statement that "therefore, Carlos Vela will not be called up." Vela has nine goals in 35 international appearances but has not played for El Tri since February 2011. He declined to play for Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a falling out with national team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. Despite De la Torre's last September, Vela has maintained his stance and says he is focusing on his club career.

"In this process that has been developing for the next World Cup, I have not been 100 percent mentally ready to represent (Mexico) — or form part of the representation — and give it the maximum it deserves," Vela said in a letter he released Monday.

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