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Sampaoli looks towards Chile future amid Chelsea links

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Dec 2015

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Jorge Sampaoli is focused on retaining his position as head coach of Chilie despite speculation linking him with the manager’s job at Chelsea.

Guus Hiddink was appointed for a second spell in charge of the Stamford Bridge club until the end of this season after Jose Mourinho paid for a shambolic Premier League title defence with his job.

The short-term nature of Hiddink’s Chelsea return means speculation continues to swirl over who might be Mourinho’s heir from 2016-17 onwards, with Sampaoli and his fellow Argentinian Diego Simeone among those rumoured to be in the frame.

Sampaoli led Chile to a famous Copa America triumph on home soil this year and that job is still his prime concern as the Chile’s National Professional Football Association (ANFP) prepares to elect a new president in the new year.

“My future depends on the elections for a new president on January 4,” he told AS.

“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.”

With regards to future ambitions, it is another post at international level that truly appeals to Sampaoli.

“The Argentina job is a dream, because it’s my country’s team,” he added.

“I dreamed about playing for Argentina as a player but I never got there.

“I will never stop dreaming about taking charge some day.”

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