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Argentina caretaker coach Sergio Batista ignored by Diego Maradona.

Interim Argentina coach Sergio Batista has revealed that he has made attempts to contact Diego Maradona but the former coach has not returned any of his phone calls.

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.

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