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Mexico's director of national teams confirms Vela wants MLS move

Is Carlos Vela headed to Major League Soccer?

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Mexico's director of national teams, Santiago Baños, confirmed Mexican striker Carlos Vela wants to play in MLS.

In an interview to John Sutcliffe of ESPN on Friday, Baños announced that among other things, Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela is enticed by the idea of being close to family and playing in MLS.

Baños assured that Vela knows a move to MLS would be perceived as a step down in his career, but after 10 years playing in Europe, the Mexican forward wants what is best on a personal level.

"No need to tell Carlos [Vela] that Europe has better playing standards than the United States because he is well aware of that, but we must see the personal and human aspect of it," said Baños.

Baños gave no specific time table on a possible move, but in recent weeks it has emerged that MLS teams like the Chicago Fire have shown interest in Vela.

In his time with la Real Sociedad, Vela has scored 59 times in 169 appearances across all competitions for the Basque outfit.