Sampaoli: I’m not leaving for money

Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to pursue the Argentina job after just one season at the Spanish La Liga club.

The Argentine was appointed to the helm at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a two-year contract in July, just six months after resigning as manager of the Chile national team.

But Sampaoli seems destined to return to international football after announcing his intention to take charge of his county’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Los Blanquirrojos completed their campaign on Saturday with a 5-0 thrashing of Osasuna to qualify for the Champions League preliminary rounds via their fourth-placed finish in the league.

The Andalusians spent much of the season in the top-four and found themselves unlikely title challengers at one point before a dip in form saw Real Madrid and Barcelona widen the gap at the summit.

The Argentine Football Association has yet to reach an agreement with Sevilla, but Sampaoli insists his actions should be seen as patriotic and nothing else.

“The way of accepting that I go to Argentina does not depend on me exclusively, it’s not up to me,” the 57-year-old said.

“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.

“I’m not leaving here for money or as a mercenary; I’m going to the national team of my country.”

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