Jorge Sampaoli unveiled as Argentina’s new manager

Sevilla have confirmed Jorge Sampaoli has departed to take charge of Argentina after compensation to trigger the release clause in his contract was received.

Sampaoli, 57, leaves Sevilla to enter a five-year deal with the Albiceleste and was presented on Thursday evening at the Argentina Football Association (AFA) headquarters in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires.

“This is a dream come true, one that I had desired for some time. I always admired this place,” Sampaoli said at his unveiling.

“I thank the (AFA) president (Claudio Tapia) for his patience. The contract is through to the 2022 World Cup, (and) I hope we can do something important for Argentine people.”

Sevilla said last week they had reached an agreement in principle with the Argentinian Football Association for the coach despite his remaining year in his contract with the club.

The La Liga fourth-placed club had set a deadline of 1 June to complete the paperwork the remaining for the former Chile manager, and with that completed on Thursday, Sampaoli was released and allowed to be announced as the Argentina manager in a presentation at their training complex just outside Buenos Aires.

“Jorge Sampaoli has left Sevilla definitively today after the documentation by which Sevilla is guaranteed the collection of the fixed amount in the termination clause of the Argentine coach was initiated,” Sevilla wrote in a statement published on their official website.

“Sevilla wishes luck and success to Jorge Sampaoli in his new professional career and appreciates the services provided in the 16-17 season, in which the team met the objectives of the campaign: earning fourth place in the league – with the second-best points total in its history – and surpassing the group phase of the Champions League.”

Nonetheless, Sampaoli has an immediate challenge ahead of him as Argentina lies fifth in the CONMEBOL region qualifier standings with four games remaining.

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