Sampaoli remains mum over Argentina speculation

Jorge Sampaoli Sevilla

Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli insists his attention remains with the La Liga side amid speculation about his long-term future.

The 57-year-old has been tipped to take over the Argentina national team job in recent weeks, after being earmarked as the ideal candidate following his impressive season with the Andalusians.

In only his first season as a manager in European football after succeeding Unai Emery at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, there's doubt that the former Chile national team boss will walk away from Los Blanquirrojos.

However, he refused to comment on the situation ahead of their league outing against Malaga on Monday.

"My future? I don't want to talk about it anymore," he told reporters. "I've said it many times before and I don't like to be separated from what I’m excited about today.

"Today I'm excited about the present. I'd die for this club, who appointed me. If I fail, it won't be due to commitment but ability.

"Ultimately, I'm very much preoccupied with everything that has to do with the team."