He first got contacted by Argentina’s FA last August, asked to consider taking charge of the national team. He had just started working for Sevilla, and he felt staying there for the whole season was the right thing to do. Now that the season is over though, Jorge Sampaoli did sign a five-year contract with AFA, and during his official presentation he looked very emotional.
This is a dream come true, one that I had desired for some time. I thank the AFA president for his patience. The contract is through to the 2022 World Cup. I hope we can do something important for Argentine people
the new national coach of Argentina told reporters in Buenos Aires. As for Claudio Tapia’s (the AFA president) ‘patience’, it was indeed big, since he had to wait ten months for Sampaoli to take over.
This is a very important time for our football. I want to welcome Jorge Sampaoli
Tapia said, confident that he has found the most appropriate man to lead Argentina not only to the 2018 World Cup finals, but also bring the best possible result there.
As for Sevilla, they released a short and rather cold statement, basically verifying that the clause in Sampaoli’s contract had been paid by AFA.
Jorge Sampaoli is no longer contracted to Sevilla FC from this afternoon after the Nervion club, the Argentina Football Association and Sampaoli signed the documents that guarantee Sevilla the payment of the fixed release clause of the Argentine tactician. Sevilla FC wishes Jorge Sampaoli luck and success in his new professional adventure and thanks him for the services done during the 2016-17 campaign
the Spanish club’s statement read.