Jorge Sampaoli has been officially unveiled as Argentina manager after Sevilla received compensation to trigger the release clause in his contract.
Having been linked to both Barcelona and Arsenal jobs, before Ernesto Valverde’s appointment and Arsene Wenger’s contract extension, the La Liga club confirmed their coach had officially left to take charge of his national team.
Sevilla announced last week they had reached an agreement in principle with the Argentinian Football Association but set them a deadline of June 1 to complete all the necessary paperwork.
With that received on Thursday Sampaoli was released from his contract and allowed to be formally announced as the new Argentina coach in a presentation at their training complex just outside Buenos Aires.
“Jorge Sampaoli has left Sevilla FC 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,” said the Spanish club in a statement.
“Sevilla FC 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 total of its history – and surpassing the group phase of the Champions League.”
Sampaoli said taking on the role fulfills a long-held “dream”.
“We have to build a team that respects the history of Argentine football,” he said.
“There are more than 100 players [we are watching].”
He added that the “difficulty of the World Cup qualifiers is real” with Argentina currently fifth in South America’s CONMEBOL group, which means they would have to win a play-off to make Russia 2018.
However, they are just two points from Colombia in second and one from Uruguay and Chile in third and fourth.
Uruguay will be Sampaoli’s first competitive fixture in charge of his country, before finishing up their campaign against Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.