Argentina Reach Agreement With Sevilla Over New Boss Jorge Sampaoli

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2017

Sevilla have confirmed that they have reached an agreement in principle with the Argentinian Football Association to allow manager Jorge Sampaoli to leave the Spanish side and take over the worldwide team.

Argentina have been without a coach since Edgardo Bauza was dismissed in April.

Senior delegates from the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) travelled to Spain on Thursday to speak with Sevilla, and on Friday afternoon the Andalusian outfit confirmed a deal was in place.

"That initial agreement is pending on the drafting and presentation of the necessary documents that must be signed by the parties on Thursday, June 1".

"In the conversations between Sevilla and the AFA, who served as representatives of Jorge Sampaoli, the fixed amount for the termination of the coach's contract was not discussed at any time".

Sampaoli, 57, took over at the start of the season and led Sevilla to a fourth-place finish in La Liga as well as reaching the Champions League last 16, where they were eliminated by Leicester City.

"All parties are satisfied with the agreement".

The Spanish side had been holding out for AFA to pay a 1.5 million euro ($1.7 million) release clause in Sampaoli's contract which still had one more year to run.

The two-time World Cup winners are struggling to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation and are fifth in the South American standings with only four games remaining. Only the top four sides will qualify directly for the tournament in Russian Federation. Presently, Argentina are 5 in the world-cup qualification round and this means they won't qualify automatically if they remain in that position.

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