Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli turns down Argentina job

Jorge Sampaoli, ex ct del Cile, ha incontrato a Roma il presidente della Lazio Claudio Lotito (foto Getty)
Image: Jorge Sampaoli defeated Argentina as manager of Chile in the final to claim the 2015 Copa America title

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has turned down the opportunity to become the new Argentina coach.

Sampaoli only took over at Sevilla last month following Unai Emery's departure to manage Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentina-born Sampaoli was in charge of Chile from 2012 to 2016 and guided them to the 2015 Copa America title on home soil.

In November, the 56-year-old was named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year award, joined by Spaniards Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. 

However great the lure to manage his national team, Sampaoli remains loyal to doing a job for his new club. 

"I had a call from the president of the (Argentine football) federation, but it would be irresponsible for me to leave Sevilla," he said.

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the ground in dejection after being defeated by Chile in the penalty shoot-out of the Copa America Centenario final in Eas
Image: Argentina have suffered back-to-back penalty shoot-out defeats to Chile in the last two Copa America finals

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino resigned after losing a second consecutive Copa America final on penalties to Chile, and the national federation have been seeking a replacement ever since. 

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has already revealed that himself and Diego Simeone have a desire to manage Argentina one day, but that the time is not right at the moment.

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