Sevilla president coy on Sampaoli exit rumours

Sevilla president Pepe Castro has remained tight-lipped over speculation regarding head coach Jorge Sampaoli’s long-term future at the club.

Sampaoli's reputation has skyrocketed in his debut season with the Spanish Primera League side – his first European job in management after leaving the Chile national team.

The Argentine's success with La Roja included the 2015 Copa America title and the South American Coach of the Year, before succeeding Unai Emery at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Despite Los Blanquirrojos' title challenge fading over the past two months and exiting the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Leicester City in the last-16, Sampaoli's style implemented at the club has been lauded by fellow managers and Spanish media.

Links with Barcelona have begun to intensify since the announcement of Luis Enrique's resignation at the end of the campaign, but according to Spanish newspaper AS, the 57-year-old has agreed in principal to take over as Argentina's next manager.

Castro refused to comment on the rumours, but Sampaoli touched on the subject after their 2-0 win over Granada on Friday evening.

"I know that there is an interest and I know that they say that I have been selected but it is important to wait until no-one will be harmed to make such statements," he told reporters. "Speaking if this now will still hurt Sevilla."