Lionel Messi’s Argentina Future Uncertain As New Coach Admits He Doesn’t Know If Barcelona Star Will Play Again

 Lionel Messi endured a miserable World Cup

Lionel Messi is yet to tell Argentine whether he will quit international football.

The Barcelona legend endured a miserable World Cup and will play no part in upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

And new boss Lionel Scaloni has revealed his namesake has not yet explained his future.

At his unveiling press conference, he said: “I know you are all waiting for me to talk about him, so that is the only specific issue I will cover: we had a chat, after which we decided he would not be there.

“It would be very unwise of me to tell Leo to stay at home and not come.  There is no coach in the world who would benefit from Leo not being available.

“We did not talk about his future. He will not be in this call-up and we will see what happens in the next ones.”

Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and defender Nicolas Otamendi have also been allowed to miss out on the September national fixtures.

But Scaloni insisted they had not refused to join up the national side but had been rested to let younger players show their potential.

He said: “No player has dropped out of this squad. I spoke to several and all of them said they were available.

“All the decisions made were for the good of the national team and to see what we can contribute in the future.

“We understand that right now we need these footballers, who have enormous potential.

“Recently there has been some talk over whether some players could wear the shirt, now is the time for them to prove themselves.”


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