Argentina caretaker coach Sergio Batista ignored by Diego Maradona.
Maradona left the national team hotseat in July after 18 months in charge due to a disagreement over backroom staff but Batista, a team-mate of Maradona's when they won the World Cup in 1986, has declared that he has no problems with his predecessor and hopes to speak with him on a professional level when the time is right but now he just wants to make contact on a personal level.
"I called him twice, not for technical issues on the team or related to the players, but to see how he was, but I received no response from his side," Batista is quoted as saying by El Mundo.
"I have no problem with Maradona or any other coach of Argentina. I would like to meet with every one them to exchange views and Diego is one more of them. The professional matters did not interest me when I called, because that would be for another time. But for the personal, human side, yes [I sought to speak to him]."
Batista will take charge for the second time when la Albiceleste host world champions Spain next week having already overseen their 1-0 victory over Ireland in Dublin last month.Follow Goal.com on . Get the latest football news direct... Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best football fan community in the world!