Martinez was Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper in World Cup qualifying, starting eight of their 11 matches. Meanwhile, Buendia made his international debut at the start of this year, and while he hasn’t featured since, he may retain hope of forcing a way into the squad for the finals in Qatar.
The Premier League is set to temporarily halt for the World Cup after the weekend of 12/13 November, resuming on Boxing Day.
As per Daily Express, the Argentine FA are reportedly set to cause ‘uproar’ by requesting that their squad members be rested for the final round of pre-World Cup fixtures so that they can enter the tournament with a fully-fit squad.
The decision will lie with the clubs, but there’s an expectation that they’ll hold talks with the players concerned.
You can understand why Argentina would go to such lengths. They’ll view this as an opportunity win the World Cup for the first time since 1986, having beaten Brazil 1-0 in last year’s Copa America final to establish themselves as the best team on the continent.
Of course Villa would be well within their rights to flatly turn them down and protect their own interests. Indeed, Martinez and Buendia are two big players, bought for a combined £53m in the last two years (£20m and £33m respectively) and making 71 Premier League appearances between them last season.
It’s worth noting that Brighton, their opponents on 13 November and the final fixture prior to the World Cup, could also receive a phone call about Alexis Mac Allister, so potential Argentine interference may aid Villa to an extent along with discommoding them.
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