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Messi denies having a say in Argentina team selection

08 Novembre 2017

Lionel Messi has reiterated he dreams of playing for childhood club Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, as speculation over his future continues to build.

Lionel Messi has admitted that he is keen for Argentina to avoid a potential meeting with Spain at next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Claims that Lionel Messi exerts an influence on Argentina's squad selection have been dismissed by the star attacker as a "total lie".

"I still have to play in Newel's and that is my dream but, as I was saying recently, I do not know what will happen a few years from now or how I will be to come back".

And Messi defended Higuain against criticism that he has failed to perform for Argentina in key matches, such as their 2014 World Cup final loss to Germany and back-to-back Copa America showpiece defeats to Chile in 2015 and 2016, both of which were settled on penalties after goalless draws.

"We could not fail to qualify for the World Cup".

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And Messi conceded that Argentina are probably not among the main favourites this time. "I thought that we would win against Venezuela and Peru".

"We all had hard times, beyond what was achieved, there was a lot of hard blows to this group".

"It was a lovely experience personally and I think with the selection, spectacular", said Messi of Argentina's 0-0 draw with Peru. "I talk to everyone, we have a great relationship, we have played together for many years and we know each other".

"There's nothing to clarify with Dybala", Messi said.

"I thought we were going to [qualify] before", he said.

Messi denies having a say in Argentina team selection