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july 20, 2012 • 05:15 PM

Vela admits missing Olympics to seal Real deal

Valencia's defender Angel Dealbert (L) vies for the ball with Real Sociedad's Mexican forward Carlos Vela during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF vs Real Sociedad on January 14, 2012 at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Real Sociedad won 1-0.
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Goal.com reports that Mexican forward Carlos Vela admitted to passing on a chance to play with the Mexican Olympic team so he could facilitate a permanent contract with Real Sociedad, which he finally came to terms with earlier this week.

Vela asked not to be considered due to his contract situation, but he insists it wasn't because of a lack of desire to play for his home country.

"To represent your country is always very nice," Vela told goal.com. "Obviously, with what's been going on, a lot of people have been saying things that aren't true."

At a meeting with Olympic federation officials, Vela said, ""I asked [the federation] to understand my situation, I'm at an important moment in my career and perhaps if I didn't stay here I wouldn't have achieved what I did, staying at a club like Real Sociedad where I can get to my best form."

The 23-year-old does, however, say he wants to play for the national team in the future, and can't wait for the next opportunity.

"I'm at my country's disposition," Vela said.

Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay said Vela's time with Arsenal, his former club, may not be over.

"They hold an option to re-purchase him that they can execute at the end of the 2013/14 season," he said.

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