Coach to per­suade Messi

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BARCELONA — Ar­gentina coach Edgardo Bauza has trav­elled to Spain in an effort to con­vince Lionel Messi to stay on in the na­tional team.

Messi, a record five-time world player of the year, said in June that “the na­tional team is over for me” fol­low­ing Ar­gentina’s loss in the Copa Amer­ica fi­nal. That was Ar­gentina’s third straight loss in a fi­nal, in­clud­ing the 2014 World Cup.

Bauza says on his ar­rival to Barcelona, “I have come to talk about foot­ball, so (Messi) can tell me his frus­tra­tions that made him say those words.” “Our talk will then lead to a de­ci­sion.” Bauza took over as Ar­gentina coach af­ter Ger­ardo Martino stepped down fol­low­ing the Copa Amer­ica.

Messi will start the sea­son on Sun­day when Barcelona plays the Span­ish Super Cup against Sevilla. — AP.

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