Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi will soon return to international duty to represent Argentina again.
The attacking star has not featured for his nation since their World Cup last 16 exit at the hands of France with doubts that he would not return to international action again.
“If Messi doesn't go to the national team, he can be more rested for Barcelona,” Valverde told Fox Sports Argentina, in quotes carried by ESPN FC.
“But we know that he wants to go to the national team, and he will go. The best news for Barcelona is, if Messi goes to the national team, that he is happy, and that is what we want to happen.
“We want him to do well wherever he is, and what he wants is to do many things with the Argentina national team.”
Messi, 31, has netted 65 times in 128 appearances since making his Argentina debut in August 2005.