Sevilla retain trust in Sampaoli

Sevilla president Jose Castro insists the club's support for head coach Jorge Sampaoli remains intact, despite going fives games without a win in La Liga.

Los Blanquirrojos dropped to fourth in the table after Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at Barcelona meant they hadn't won in the league since March 2 when they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in Andalusia.

Sampaoli's future at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is uncertain as he has yet to agree a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.

The Argentine is a rumoured contender to succeed Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp, but Castro refuses to discuss the situation until the campaign is over, with the focus on finishing in the Champions League places.

"Our trust in Sampaoli is intact but this is the time now to think about the club. We have to be thinking about these remaining eight matches," Castro said.

"There will be time to answer those questions later [about Sampaoli's future] later. We can't allow these [remaining] eight matches to derail our successful season.

"He has one year left on his contract but I would not consider it a failure at all if he didn't continue.

"At Sevilla, we don't talk behind each others' backs and we are interested in having Sampaoli stay here for many more years. He has one more year on his contract. 

"We continue to place our trust in him. But what will happen over the coming months, I do not know. He only tells us how happy he is here with us."