Scaloni unclear on Messi's long-term Argentina plans

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Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni has admitted he doesn't know if Lionel Messi will return to play for the national team again.

Messi was left out of the squad for next month's friendly matches with Guatemala and Colombia, with his long-term worldwide future reportedly in doubt.

Scaloni admits he has spoken to Messi regarding the issue, though would give little indication as to what it means for the future. "Honestly, we didn't talk about what can happen in the future".

"We all know what he represents for us and we shall see what happens".

"We spoke on good terms and we have a great relationship". "He will not be in this call-up and in the future, we shall see", Scaloni told reporters in a press conference held on Tuesday.

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Scaloni omitted a host of high-profile names from his squad for the double-header, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain. He's not in the squad and, in the future, we'll see.

Scaloni was chosen along with Pablo Aimar to guide the team for the upcoming friendlies with former coach Jorge Sampaoli sacked shortly after the World Cup.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona vice-captain Sergio Busquets will be among the La Liga players meeting on Wednesday to discuss their "concern" over a decision to stage a game in the US. "It would be most imprudent on my part to tell him to stay in Barcelona and not come [to the national team]".

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

In form domestic-based pair Cristian Pavon of Boca Juniors and Matias Vargas of Velez Sarsfield were called up alongside young Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and his recalled club team-mate Mauro Icardi. "Mauro is the one that has spent more time among the elite but everyone can add".

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