Messi has 'no problem' with Tevez

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Lionel Messi has stressed that he has no grudge against Carlos Tevez and denied claims he is preventing the Juventus man's selection for Argentina.

Carlos Tevez has been excluded from Argentina's national side by coach Alejandro Sabella despite his fine form for Juventus but Lionel Messi has rejected claims that he has any influence over selection policy.

Tevez has been scoring freely for Juventus since relocating to Serie A but he has been unable to win over Sabella and recently revealed that he has been avoiding watching Argentina's games on TV as his international exile is so painful.

"If Sabella hasn't called me up, I'm not going to phone him to find out why he doesn't pick me," Tevez told Argentina's La Red radio station.

"I don't think I will watch it (World Cup 2014) because it hurts me to see the national team, it's bad for me."

There have been widespread suggestions that Tevez is being left out because of a fractious relationship with star man Messi, but the Barcelona ace has rubbished those claims.

"We have a spectacular group and it's certainly no problem if Tevez comes in," Messi told ESPN.

"But at the same time that's the coach's decision and we players have nothing to do with that."

There are varying opinions as to why Tevez hasn't been called up for Argentina since the 2011 Copa America with some pundits suggesting it is a technical decision and others indicating he is disruptive to the squad dynamic off the field.

Messi also commented on Argentina's chances of winning the World Cup this summer on rival soil in Brazil where they are grouped with Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

"Everyone says that we have an easy group, but the games have to be played," he explained. "A World Cup is complicated and the teams are the best. We will do everything we can to win." 

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