Carlo Ancelotti: 'Lionel Messi is still very important for Barcelona'

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi gives a thumbs up on September 18, 2013
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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is unsure whether Lionel Messi has changed position for Barcelona in 2014.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he is unsure whether Lionel Messi has changed position for Barcelona in 2014.

Messi has not scored in the league since September, although he recently spent two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The 26-year-old has seemingly been deployed in a deeper position since returning to action, but Ancelotti is unsure whether it is a permanent change.

"I don't know whether Messi has changed position," Ancelotti stated at a press conference.

"He has played well in recent matches and has shown that he is fit and has recovered well from his injury. He has not scored many goals, but he is still, as he always has been, very important for Barcelona."

Messi has scored 18 times this season.

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