Maradona: Sampaoli offered Sevilla role

Diego Maradona has revealed Jorge Sampaoli attempted to bring him to Sevilla, whom he previously played for, last season.

Sampaoli has since left Los Rojiblancos to manage Argentina – who Maradona has also coached – but the 1986 World Cup winner hinted he would ‘never’ work alongside him.

“Sampaoli phoned me to offer me a role when he was at Sevilla,” Maradona told an interview with Argentine outlet Clarin, as quoted by Diario AS.

“That happened when I was watching the Davis Cup final when I received the call.

“But the thing is, there are people who are false and who think they are bigger and more important than they are, and I’ll never work with them.”

Maradona scored eight goals in 29 appearances for Sevilla – for whom he was sent-off twice – in the 1992-93 campaign. 

Sampaoli's representatives have reportedly denied any phone call ever took place.

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