Giovani Dos Santos has earned a well-deserved call-up for the Mexico national team after impressing in the MLS. Indeed, the LA Galaxy player has managed 5 goals and 5 assists in the 5 last league matches he played. However, he chose to decline the invitation without giving any reason.
Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has stated that Giovani dos Santos has been invited to form part of the team that will take part in the Copa America but that he had declined the invitation. He said that the Mexico staff has been impressed by dos Santos recent form and that they wanted him to be part of the team.
When asked about the reason given by dos Santos, Juan Carlos Osorio did not want to give any further information saying that such conversation is confidential and that it will be unethical for him to reveal any other information without the approval of Giovani dos Santos.
Dos Santos was live on radio when the Mexico head coach was announcing the players who were selected. He did not choose to react live but did make a series of tweets afterward.
He apologized to the coach and all his teammates and wished them all the best at the tournament. He encouraged them to give the best for the team and that he hope that he will be soon able to join them in the Mexican team. He thanked the Mexican federation for considering to be part of the team, and he apologized for not being able to participate this time.
Giovani dos Santos who currently plays for LA Galaxy has not participated in any Mexico game since the 2015 Gold Cup. For the time being, we do not know exactly the reason behind his refusal to take part in the Copa America.