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Union's Marco Fabian: No talk yet with Mexico boss Gerardo Martino

Philadelphia Union midfielder Marco Fabian says he has not yet spoken with Mexico boss Gerardo "Tata" Martino but affirmed his commitment to El Tri should he be called up.

"I've spoken with some directors, like [Gerardo] Torrado. But everything's happened so fast, both with [Martino's] arrival [as Mexico manager] and my arrival [in MLS]. So I haven't had the time to speak with him yet," Fabian said in an interview on ESPN Deportes program Jorge Ramos Y Su Banda.

"To play in the MLS was my choice ... I already played in Mexico for many years so I was looking for new challenges to cement my legacy. This is a different stage in my career.

"Let's be honest, I'm not coming to an elite league, but I come here to put myself in the best possible situation and to help the MLS to keep improving the level of the league."

Fabian recognized that the chats he had with other Mexicans player who are part of the MLS, such as Carlos Vela and the Dos Santos brothers, ended up convincing him to sign with Philadelphia.

"I talked to them, they're great friends. They already know the league so they gave me a lot of information about it. They also told me this league it's not as easy as many people think because the level of play is much better now. And this is what I want, to increase my potential and you never know what can happen in the future," Fabian said.

The 29-year-old Fabian had spent almost four seasons with Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, but has made just two league and cup appearances this past season. He has also played for Liga MX sides Chivas and Cruz Azul before his stint in Germany.  

He was on Mexico's roster for both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and was part of the side that claimed the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics Games.

"I've always said that I'm a player who's always close to the national team and every day it'll be important to me until the day I retire," Fabian said, adding that he hopes to connect with Martino when "things get settled."

Martino has said he isn't overly concerned of players leaving European sides to play in MLS and Liga MX. The ex-Atlanta United boss will make his managerial debut for Mexico in a friendly against Chile on March 22. 

Other prominent Mexico players to return from Europe this past transfer window were Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt to Tigres) and Miguel Layun (Villarreal to Monterrey).

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