Sampaoli has a wealth of attacking options having called up Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero alongside Messi last time out, but the Barcelona star feels Higuain is crucial to the national team.
He also insisted he is happy with Valverde's rotation policy.
"He has to be [in the team] because he is vital, he is one of the best forwards in the world and he always shows it". "But right here I believe that we should have won at least two of them".
By the time that contract expires, Messi will be 34 years old and potentially considering retirement.
The 21-year old led Brazilian side Gremio to a Copa Libertadores win in the past week and was pictured in a Barcelona jersey, igniting rumours of a possible move in January. But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions. "I think we deserved to win two, at least".
The report states that Manchester City offered a €100 million signing-on fee to try and lure him in the summer. "It has to be something good for me and good for Gremio, which is my home". The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football. It would seem like potentially the ideal time to return to Argentina and finish his career at Newell's, but clearly he has concerns. "People want results and, if they don't get results, they want new faces". "There is nothing defined but we did have a conversation". We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. It was only a first contact for them to know my family and for me to meet them.
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