The newly appointed Argentina manager Erdgardo Bauza has set out among his priorities in the job to meet up with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and try to convince him to return to the national team.
Messi, in what was thought to be the heat of the moment, announced his retirement from international football after his nation’s defeat at the hands of Chile in the 2016 Copa America final.
The defeat was crashing and having been a player, Bauza knows it too well and he says after settling in the job, he will make a trip to Spain to try and convince Messi, and he is leaving options open.
“The idea is that once I have met with the Normalizing Commission, I will make a trip to have a chat. It is not about convincing him of anything, just to chat about football. Those of us who were players know how frustrating it is to lose a final. I will let him know my way of working. Not just him, but other senior players too.
“There is not much time. If Messi knows anything clearly, it is what he must do on the pitch, and what decisions he should take. Between the two of us we could see how he could help the national team, and if he can continue with all this commitment that I have seen from outside.” He said.