The deal is not official yet, but the way he talked in the Press conference after his team’s 5-0 win over Osasuna left no doubt that he is taking over at Argentina’s national team.
Jorge Sampaoli talked about his decision, focusing on the fact that he’s leaving Sevilla not in search of more money, but to work at his country’s national team.
I’m not leaving here for money or as a mercenary. I’m going to the national team of my country
he told reporters, after commenting on getting booed by some Sevilla fans before the game, when his name was announced at the end of the starting lineup.
I felt no wrong in the field
the Argentine said. As for the typical part of the deal that has yet to be resolved, Sampaoli threw the ball to his country’s Football Association, saying
Argentina has to resolve my contract with Sevilla. I cannot generate pressure for someone to hire me. The AFA will have to be bound to my obligations and rights in that contract.
As for who is going to succeed Sampaoli at Sevilla, Celta’s Eduardo Berizzo seems to be the favorite, especially after it was announced that he won’t be continuing at the Vigo club.