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Lionel Scaloni has been talking about his captain

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Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni says he’s happy that Lionel Messi stayed at Barcelona this summer and feels it’s a positive for the national team.

Messi’s caused headlines across the world when he informed the Catalan giants he wanted to leave but was unable to find a way out of the Camp Nou.

The captain is now with the Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia, and Scaloni says his captain is happy.

“I spoke to Leo when everything was resolved and I saw him calm,” he said.

“Since his arrival, we’ve been able to have a long chat. He is happy to be here. He’s now well in his club. All we wanted from a distance was for everything to be resolved and for him to play and to be fit.

“For us, it’s positive that he stayed because he was able to play immediately, he knows the club. But in terms of decisions, we don’t get involved in that, we don’t step in the player’s territory.”

Source | ESPN

Messi and Argentina’s first game is against Ecuador at La Bombonera on Thursday before they head to La Paz to face Bolivia on Tuesday