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La Volpe unlikely to stay in charge of Mexico

BUENOS AIRES, July 18 (Reuters) - Ricardo La Volpe said he is unlikely to remain as coach of Mexico and that he would like to lead his native Argentina.

'It's been a big struggle for three-and-a-half years,' said La Volpe, who took Mexico to the second round at the World Cup where they lost to 2-1 Argentina in extra-time.

'My contract ended with the last game at the World Cup against Argentina,' added the fiery former goalkeeper in a radio interview.

'I haven't got any relation with the Mexican national team. It's unlikely (that I will continue) and not because of footballing reasons.

'With part of the media, there was a continual argument, fights, lies and comments about my character... The media has an influence over whether you can work in peace.'

La Volpe said he was pleased to have completed nearly four years at the helm.

'If we want Mexico to be among the best in the world, we have to change,' he said. 'I did something which nobody else had done for 40 years by completing a four-year cycle.'

'We achieved some very important things; we rebuilt 80 percent of the team, we were (World Cup) seeds, we began selling players to Europe.'

La Volpe has not formally resigned as Mexico coach and the Mexican Federation will only take a decision on the national team coach following a meeting of the owners of the country's first division club.

The date for that has not yet been set.

Asked about coaching Argentina, La Volpe said: 'I don't think there's a coach anywhere in the world who wouldn't want to coach the Argentine team. It would be the top for any coach.'

La Volpe also commented on the why he remained in the players' tunnel while the national anthems were being played before the Argentina-Mexico game.

'I wasn't going to sing both anthems, nor one and not the other,' he said.

'I thought the best thing to do was to wait and then go onto the pitch out of respect for them both. Logically, I'm a professional and I wanted the best for Mexico.'