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25 Jan 2019, 10:13 IST
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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni has a “good feeling” Lionel Messi will return to worldwide soccer forward of this yr’s Copa America.

Messi, 31, has not performed for Argentina because the South American giants suffered a last-16 defeat to eventual champions France eventually yr’s World Cup.

Scaloni and Argentina have held talks with Messi over a world comeback and extra discussions are deliberate following the draw for June’s Copa America in Brazil, with a pleasant in opposition to Venezuela scheduled on March 25.

Talking about captain and Barcelona famous person Messi after Argentina had been drawn in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and friends Qatar, Scaloni instructed reporters on Thursday: “We’ll communicate with Leo within the days earlier than the March record. When the time is true we’ll communicate.

“I hope he may be right here however greater than that, we wish him to be glad. I’ve an excellent feeling.”

Brazil will host the South American event in June, and Selecao head coach Tite needs five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to be there with Argentina.

Messi has walked away emptyhanded following consecutive Copa America closing losses to two-time reigning champions Chile.

Tite, whose Brazil final received the trophy in 2007 and have been drawn in Group A with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru, stated: “I need Messi and all one of the best athletes to return to Brazil.

“A staff, to be one of the best, should win with competitors and overcome high-level opponents, which is why we count on Neymar, Messi, [Chile forward Alexis] Sanchez and [Uruguay star Luis] Suarez to return… And likewise [Peru’s Paolo] Guerrero.”

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