Jorge Sampaoli: Sevilla boss says Argentina want him

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"The Sevilla project and taking the club into the title race in this second year were very exciting, but this [chance with Argentine] came up".

"This time, it is different". There is a clear intention on the part of my country to have me as their manager and I have wanted this opportunity from a young age. I'm not leaving the Seville for another club, I'm leaving the Seville for my National Selection. I didn't believe that this possibility of the national team could be revisited.

Sampaoli has previous experience in worldwide football having steered Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, beating Argentina in the final. Coaching Argentina is a dream I have since I was a child.

Barcelona star Messi had a four-game ban from competitive internationals for swearing at an assistant referee lifted earlier this month, giving a major boost to Argentina's foundering World Cup hopes.

He is under contract at Sevilla until June 2018 but can leave if his €1.5 million release clause is paid.

"The reality will be given by the president (of Sevilla, Jose Castro)".

"Today I can sit down to evaluate and discuss things, but it's not in my hands because there's a contract that has to be resolved between Sevilla and the AFA".

Sampaoli is quoted by ADN Radio: "As an Argentinian, I cannot refuse this possibility even if it breaks a job in Europe that has started very well".

Sampaoli continued: "I can not get into contract issues. I'm not going to leave Sevilla for another club". That will be done after this match against Osasuna, I want to be at [Sunday's game] because we have won the league that we had to win behind the big three (Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid). The day should be a party and I would not forgive myself for not leading this last game.

That said, it's clear what Sampaoli wants. Sampaoli joined Sevilla last summer after that he had conquered a South American Cup with Chile national team beating Argentina on penalties in the final.



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