After the departure of Argentina from the World Cup in Russia, Lionel Messi still hasn’t spoke about his future. But interim coach Lionel Scaloni believes Messi will be treated with the respect he deserve if he continues to play for the team.
Before the start of the World Cup, Messi said he will speak about his future after the tourney.
Argentina Football Association (AFA) announced Lionel Scaloni and Paulo Aimar as the interim manager last week. They will guide the national team for the next month’s friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.
The managers have to provide a squad list for the matches by 19th August. And Messi is expected to be given rest until the end of 2019. The coaches also believes it’s not the right time to call the Argentine captain.
Lionel Scaloni said:
“We don’t have the squad list made, not even a small percentage of it. I don’t think this is the time to call Lionel [Messi]. Once we have to name the squad, we will see what we do. I honestly know him [Messi] well and I’m not worried about having to talk to him.”
The interim manager also said that he wants to Messi treat like a way so that the Argentine feels respected.
“We want to treat him in a way that he truly knows that there is a respect there and that we are most certainly going to treat him as he deserves.That is the most important thing of all.”
Jorge Sampaoli was sacked right after Argentina’s disappointing run in the World Cup in Russia. They were eliminated in the round of 16 after a 4-3 defeat against the 2018 Champions France.
The Argentina Football Association is yet to announce a permanent manager. Till then, the duo Scaloni and Paulo will guide the two-time world champions.