Tuesday January 3 2017
Sampaoli reflects on Barca links

Jorge Samapoli admits he “doesn’t know” what his future with Sevilla holds but does not expect Luis Enrique to leave Barcelona any time soon.

Sampaoli’s contract has another season to run, which coincides with Enrique’s deal presently due to expire this summer and speculation continuing to link Sevilla sporting director Monchi with an exit.

“My dream is for my style be respected by Spanish football, to leave a mark, an unbeatable style… to consolidate myself in Europe, where the best players are undoubtedly,” the Coach told Marca.

“Argentina? I don’t think it’ll happen again. Argentina have great Coaches, it’s difficult.

“It was difficult to say ‘no’, but I wanted to be loyal to Sevilla.

“My future at Sevilla? I don’t know, you never know. I feel good here, I’m fighting for things and in tune with the sporting director [Monchi].

“I’m excited that the Sevilla fans can go to their stadium and see a team play without fear, wanting to play football, that they can see a good show every time they visit the Pizjuan.

“Would Monchi leaving impact on me? I don’t know. He’s still here, so we’ll see what happens in the future.

“Barca? It’s speculation, a rumour. Luis Enrique is a winner, respected and loved by his fans there.

“If he leaves, there’ll be a huge list of candidates. I see [his exit] to be a long way away, although the moment it happens, me being noticed depends on Sevilla. Nothing else.”

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