Messi demands Higuain recalled by Argentina for World Cup

Valverde not looking to market expects Mascherano Barca stay

Samuel Umtiti's hamstring woe and speculation over Javier Mascherano's future will not see Ernesto Valverde rush into the transfer

One player who has already announced his intention to end his Argentina career after the World Cup is Messi's Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano.

Argentina's last major championship triumph was in 1993 when they emerged winners of the Copa America.

Having been drawn alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Messi admits says Argentina must improve on their game if they are to challenge for the World Cup title in Russia.

It'll be hard for some to stay on, ' he told TyC Sports. But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions.

"I realised that sometimes not playing is for the best".

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"People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticise get exhausted of always seeing the same faces".

'I understand Masche. The best thing is to play and enjoy yourself, and he doesn't think he'll get minutes here'. We are the first ones to want to win with the national team. However, club president Josep Bartomeu, despite previous criticisms of his administration, was never likely to let that happen and has now secured the Argentine genius to a monstrous new deal that will keep Messi at the Camp Nou until 2021.

Lionel Messi has hinted that he may retire from global football if he and his Argentina team-mates have an unsuccessful 2018 World Cup.

"It hurts a lot to have gone to three finals and be so criticised". I think this period off global duty was good for him, though, as he has been able to focus on training and improving his fitness levels. "But he must be in the squad".

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