Lionel Scaloni optimistic of Lionel Messi’s return with Argentina

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has revealed that he would be holding discussions with Lionel Messi at the turn of the year in order to convince the Barcelona star to return to the national team fold. The 31-year-old has declined to feature for the nation since their disappointing exit at the summer World Cup and during this period, Scaloni has taken interim charge of the country before earning the role on a permanent basis.

Speaking to reporters, Scaloni highlighted that he does not hold a regular communication line with the Barcelona superstar but they nevertheless have a fruitful connection between themselves. He added that fresh talks are planned with the attacker in the New Year after he previously met with his compatriot during the Copa Liberatores final in Madrid earlier in December.

Lionel Scaloni May Not Be Ready to Revisit Sergio Aguero Chapter Again

Argentina interim manager Lionel Scaloni claims that he has not been in touch with Sergio Aguero regarding the possibility of coming back to the national team after having had a spectacular start to his season with Manchester City. Aguero is the second top scorer for Argentina after grabbing five goals already in the Premier League. Even though he was part of the Argentina squad that played at the World Cup 2018, he has not been featuring in the recent friendly matches – a victory over Guatemala and a draw with Colombia.Scaloni has once again not pick the player for the upcoming clashes against Iraq and Brazil. Both games will be played in Saudi Arabia.

Scaloni has largely gone with young players for the recent squads and this has resulted in the departure of veterans like Ever Banega and Angel di Maria from the squad. After numerous disappointments at previous major tournaments, Argentina are undergoing a major shakeup in terms of the squad. Despite possessing some of the best players in the world like Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, they have been unable to get success. The closest Argentina have come close to success in recent decades is the World Cup final appearance in 2014.