Gerardo Martino has no plans to use naturalised players at Mexico

Mexico head coach Gerardo Martino has said that he has no plans of using naturalised players at El Tri and he would rather focus on the talent available from the national pool. The veteran was recently handed the managerial duties with the North American nation following his MLS Cup success with Atlanta United.

Speaking to reporters, Martino highlighted that he has no intention of looking into naturalised players for the moment, given that would provide a wrong outlook on his selection process for the team, he said: "I have to consider the players I have available. If one of my starting points 30 days after becoming coach is naturalizing players, I'd be starting my job off on the wrong foot."

The former Barcelona boss added that he is keen to rediscover the team’s identity and he is keen to determine the strengths of each player during the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Paraguay, he added: "We always have the goal of finding our identity quickly. We have the upcoming friendlies to do that. Then we've got the Gold Cup."

“Concluding the interview, Martino spoke about the positive welcome“from the clubs when he was personally scouting in the Liga MX while admiring the role of former manager Juan Carlos Osorio. El Tri experienced another disappointing World Cup during the summer where they were ousted at the round of 16 stage for “the seventh successive campaign“.

As such, there had been plenty of criticism focused towards Osorio for the heavy-rotation policy and this eventually contributed to the 57-year-old walking away from the job. El Tri were scheduled to face Paraguay next month with Osorio in the opposition dugout but a reunion won’t happen now with the 57-year-old surprisingly parting ways with Los Guaranies after just one game at the helm.