Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

Lionel Messi

Messi signed a new contract at the Nou Camp last month which keeps him in Catalonia until 2021.

According to Marca, City also offered the 30-year-old a mouth-watering £850,000-a-week to reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola.

Argentina star Lionel Messi is anxious about the threat posed by the Super Eagles to his country's chances of reaching the second round of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

"I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's but I don't know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment".

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. It would seem like potentially the ideal time to return to Argentina and finish his career at Newell's, but clearly he has concerns.

But Messi believes he should be recalled in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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"We went through a tough spell".

"But it is true that we have to improve if we want to be world champions".

However, speaking ahead of City's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, Guardiola, who oversaw the bulk of Messi's rise to becoming arguably the greatest player of all time, rejected talk that a transfer was ever on the cards. "Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".

"If he wanted to leave then he wouldn't have signed that new contract".

Messi, speaking to TyC Sports, said: "If we do badly at the World Cup, we all have to disappear from the national team".

Messi's side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and Nigeria in their other group stage fixtures.

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