President of the AFA: I think that Messi will continue playing in the national team

Presidente de la AFA: Yo creo que Messi va a seguir jugando en la selección

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He Argentine Football Association (AFA) president, Claudio Tapia, revealed on Tuesday that he spoke with Lionel Messi a few days ago and said he believes the FC Barcelona forward will continue in the albiceleste despite the “hard blow” of the elimination in the Round of 16 of the Russian World Cup.

I think he will continue to play. You have to leave it quiet. You have to start a project and then go see how things are happening. He loves the Argentine national team a lot, I think that internally this coup must have been very hard for him, as it was for us. Argentina needs it, “Tapia said. Radio The Network

The continuity of Messi in the selection became a mystery because the 31-year-old attacker did not talk to the press after the elimination of Argentina.

We write for the day of the friend. He's on vacation, enjoying a little of the family. But we only talk about it, we do not talk about the World Cup or anything. I think we have a good round-trip relationship, “he said.

The manager considered that Messi must be left alone so that he can reorder and next year he will see if he wants to play with the Argentine shirt again.

In the World Cup I think I saw it as many of us saw it, with a degree of responsibility that we also generated a bit. We thought he was a superhero and he is a human being. The best player in the world, but a human being. We charge you with responsibilities that later end up playing against you. But without a doubt one has a lot of confidence in him, “he explained.

Later, in dialogue with Radio Rivadavia, he referred to the possible candidates to replace Jorge Sampaoli as Argentina coach.

I would like (Marcelo) Gallardo as coach of the national team, it's the profile we're looking for, but I know he wants to finish his project at River and it's good to think that way. I see it difficult for the technician to be what he said, “he said.

The manager said that he did not speak with Diego Simeone, Alejandro Sabella or José Pekerman, others of the possible candidates.

Who leads the next project must make a big change. Sabella did not present me with any project. I did not talk to Simeone. Pekerman did the best job in youth of the national team. He can contribute a lot from where the Argentine football is playing, but neither talk to him nor to anyone, “he concluded.


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