When Macnelly Torres decided to head leave Atlético Nacional for Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab, the criticisms were almost instantaneous. His departure left many in the Colombian press wondering if he would be included in José Pekerman's final list to head to Brazil.
On Friday, the midfielder confirmed in an interview with Caracol Radio that he spoke to the Pekerman and he would not be on the final list of 23 that will be setting up camp in Cotía-SP in a few weeks' time.
He also confirmed that he is currently on vacation in Medellín and will not head to Bogota to undergo physicals for the national team. He also posted on his Twitter feed "A dream has gone away but life goes on."
The Colombian midfielder took part in nine matches for Los Cafeteros during the World Cup qualifying phase, scoring his lone goal in a 5-0 win over Bolivia back on March 22. Yet he was fundamental in the match against Chile where he came in at halftime and helped Colombia come back from a 3-0 deficit and earn their first World Cup spot in 16 years. At that point he was a fundamental part of the national team but his participation with the squad reduced after he moved to Al Shabab after coming to terms with the club on a five-year US$4.5 million deal.
This could leave a spot open for Porto youngster Juan Fernando Quintero, who got the attention of Pekerman after his performances last year in the South American U-20 Championships as well as in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Pekerman will give out his final list on June 2, two days after their friendly against Senegal at the Nuevo Gasómetro in Buenos Aires.