Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli dismisses Barca connection

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has dismissed any possibility of a move to FC Barcelona and maintains that he has not been approached by the Catalan club.

The Argentine, who was a former international coach for Chile, added that he has no need to renew his contract right now.

Sampaoli, 57, replaced Unai Emery as coach of the Spanish giants just before this season and has guided them from last year’s seventh-placed finish to third with 11 games left.

His thrilling attacking style often saw him being tipped as a candidate for the position of FC Barcelona coach, especially after current Barca coach Luis Enrique announced his departure at the end of the current campaign.

“I do not have to renew because I have a contract,” he said. “Nor is it real that Barcelona have taken an interest in me, they did not contact me.”

However, Sevilla sporting director Monchi could leave the club at the end of the season after the club prevented him from doing so last summer.

But while Sampaoli maintains that the Monchi’s future with the club was Monchi’s own hands, the director’s decision will have no effect on his.

“I would like Monchi to stay, but it is not a condition for me to stay,” he explained. “According to the football project that has Sevilla, one is here to help or not, I feel useful, loved and respected.”

Meanwhile, Sampaoli admitted he was hurt after seeing Leicester City eliminate his side from the Champions League midweek, but the former Chile boss stressed that his side will bounce back.

“After you fall down you must get back up and try again,” he said. “It is important that you never get too down or get too high either.

“The Champions League loss was a painful defeat for us but I don’t consider it a great failure. It did cause me great pain that even meant I wasn’t able to sleep but as I said, life must go on.”

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