Sampaoli: Argentina job has to wait

Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed that there has been contact between himself and the AFA but says that the proper process must be followed if he is to leave Sevilla.

The former Chile manager, who has also been linked with the soon-to-be-vacated Barcelona post, has put an end to sopeculation about whether he is on the Argentina Football Association's radar as a possible replacement for Edgardo Bauza.

"I know that there is an interest, because to deny it would be to lie to all of you,” Sampaoli told reporters ahead of Sevilla's La Liga clash against Granada.

"I know they say that I'm the chosen one, but they [the AFA] will have to wait until the time is right in order to do it in a manner that doesn't damage anyone," he continued.

"To do it right now would be to hurt Sevilla, and I'm not going to allow that to happen.

"I know there is a real intention, but when the time comes to have a dialogue with the AFA president [Claudio Tapia], most likely the message will be that, until the end of the season, I cannot meet with anyone because my head is focused here.

"Just as a player has a right to leave if his release clause is paid, so does a coach.

"I have to wait and see what Sevilla's intentions are. The president [Jose Castro] told me that he will talk to me after our last six games."

Sampaoli was brought in as a replacement for Unai Emery, who swapped Sevilla for PSG in a bid to bring Champions League glory to Paris. 

The 57-year old has performed admirably in Seville, virtually assuring the club a place in next season's Champions League tournament and challenging for third position, currently held by Atletico Madrid.

The two clubs are both on 65 league points but the club from the capital have a superior goal difference and a game in hand.