Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni has claimed that he is not sure whether captain Lionel Messi will represent his national team again.
Messi has kept quiet since the World Cup ended and has ruled himself out of Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.
The 31-year-old, who previously reversed a decision to retire from international duty; but during Tuesday’s press conference, Scaloni revealed he’s unsure if Messi will return to the national team.
“I talked to Messi,” Scaloni is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “As a result of that chat, he isn’t in the team for the next two matches.”
“Honestly, we have not spoken about what will happen in the future.”
“Everybody knows what he represents for us and we shall see what happens. I have a good relationship with him.”
“It was a good chat that we had and we were very clear. He will not be in this call-up and in the future, we shall see.”
Scaloni took charge of the Albiceleste following Jorge Sampaoli dismissal after his side’s elimination the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Barcelona superstar is Argentina’s leading goalscorer of all time with 65 goals in 128 appearances.