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Jorge Sampaoli says Argentina wants him as next coach

FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, Sevilla’s head coach Jorge Sampaoli looks on during a press conference in Decines, France, ahead of a soccer match against Lyon. Sampaoli says the Argentine soccer federation will negotiate with Spanish club Sevilla to secure his release so he can become the country’s national team coach. Sampaoli says “there is a clear intention by my country to have me as its national coach, and I have had that dream since I was very young.” (Laurent Cipriani, File/Associated Press)

BARCELONA, Spain — The Argentine soccer federation is after Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Sampaoli said Friday that his country’s soccer body will negotiate with Spanish club Sevilla to secure his release so he can become the national team coach.

“There is a clear intention by my country to have me as its national coach, and I have had that dream since I was very young,” Sampaoli said a day before what could be his last match for Sevilla.

Sampaoli has one year remaining on a two-year contract with the Spanish club.

“The issue of the contract must be dealt with by the club and the federation,” Sampaoli said. “If they…

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