New Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza is expected to be in Barcelona next week to hold talks with Lionel Messi in an attempt to bring the Barcelona forward out of international retirement.
Messi announced his retirement from international football after leading Argentina to another Copa America final defeat to Chile in June, but Fox Sports says the 29-year-old forward is keen on meeting Bauza to discuss his international future.
On his upcoming meeting with the Catalans’ mercurial star, Bauza told Fox Sports: “We have had no contact with Messi, or any of his family.
“The idea is that once I have met with the [interim Argentine Football Association president] Armando Perez, I will make a trip to have a chat [with Messi].
“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.” Bauza who succeeded Gerardo Martino as La Albiceleste stated.
Rescinding his international retirement decision will see Messi add to his 113 caps and 55 goals and a chance to add to his gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics –his only trophy with the senior team.