​Mexico midfielder Hirving Lozano is excited by the prospect of playing under former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino and is ready to be the country’s Lionel Messi if the manager chooses him to lead the team.

Martino was hired as the manager of El Tri and it was announced in the first week of January, even though rumours persisted that would be the case since he revealed in October that he won’t be re-signing with Atalanta United in the MLS.

Lozano can’t wait to work with Martino when he takes over the national team, claimimg that his experience would be a great advantage for the country. 

“I think Martino’s experience is a big advantage. I think he has a lot of experience,” Lozano told ​Goal.

“I think he has the knowledge to be in charge of the national team. Hopefully he will prove to be the best option for the national team and he joins in the best position as possible to contribute to the national team.”

When asked about whether he will be playing the role of Messi for the national team, he said, “I don’t know, honestly.”

“I don’t know what plans he might have, but hopefully he gives me the chance to play and hopefully it will be good.

“I’m very calm. I don’t know if I’m the right player to lead this team, but I think the most important thing is to always be there with the national team, to give your all and be 100 percent for the national team.

“I think I’m always going to go to the national team and I love being there. I always give my best.”

It remains to be seen what role Lozano will play under Martino and whether Mexico’s new head coach will be able to help the country better its international record. 


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