Argentine manager plays down links with Chelsea

Puja Pincha / 25 December 2015

As Chelsea look for replacements for the Special One, the name of Jorge Sampaoli has been the frontrunner on the list of permanent managers, but the Argentinean is not currently indulging in any rumours linking him to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho last week on account of a terrible start to this season that saw then sitting one spot shy of the relegation zone. Though Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as the coach but he will only be in charge of the Blues till the end of the season. For a more permanent solution, the Russian owner is testing the South American waters as two champion Argentinean coaches are on the frontrunner for taking up the Chelsea job.

While Diego Simeone hasn’t spoken up about the rumours linking him to Chelsea, Sampaoli has come out and shunned any speculations linking him to Stamford Bridge saying that he is very committed to the Chile job and any decisions regarding his future will be taken only after the federation elections. “My future depends on the elections for a new president [for the head of Chile’s football federation], on January 4. It depends on whether the new president likes our project.Before listening to offers, I will first present my new project for the Chile team. That is what I say to all the clubs who have contacted me” said the 55-year-old boss.

In his tactical approach, Sampaoli is a reflection of his mentor Bielsa. His style of play drips with flair and innovation which is the need of the hour at Chelsea. However, Sampaoli hasn’t managed in England and still does not look too keen to set up camp in England. Sampaoli might have put out any rumours linking him to the blues, but he did talk about his dream of coaching Argentina some day. “The Argentina job is a dream because it’s my country’s team. I dreamed about playing for Argentina as a player, but I never got there. I will never stop dreaming about taking charge someday” said the current Chile boss.

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