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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni unsure about Lionel Messi’s international future

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The Barcelona star will miss September’s friendlies

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni spoke about Lionel Messi on Tuesday and said he’s unsure if the Barcelona captain will return to the international fold.

Messi has not been called up for friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia in September. Reports have claimed he will make a decision on his international future next year.

Scaloni has taken temporary charge of La Albiceleste following the departure of Jorge Sampaoli and spoke briefly about Messi at his first press conference as coach.

“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,” he said.

”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.”

Source | Goal

It’s unclear at this point what Messi’s plans for the future are and whether he will return to play for his country again.