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Buaza was sacked in April, following a string of poor results that has left the country's World Cup qualifying hopes in disarray. "If they reach a deal, the Argentine federation and the club, I want it to be done without any discrepancies".

"My contract with the club contains clauses which allow me to leave. My country has the clear intention of offering me the job", Sampaoli said. There's a contract to respect and nothing has yet been resolved.

"It's an opportunity that I turned down when I took over at Sevilla in pre-season, but is still there", Sampaoli said at a news conference, as posted in Sevilla's website. In the last meeting I had with the president I conveyed that I was keen to manage the match on Saturday, that there was no chance of me not doing that.

He denied that he had selected an Argentina squad.

"If they don't sort things out then I won't be going anywhere".

Sampaoli, a Copa America victor as Chile coach in 2015, had said previously he hoped to one day work with Messi and at the time Luis Enrique announced he was leaving Barcelona earlier this season was touted his successor. "I haven't needed that, I've acted with full clarity and transparency with the club for the whole year", he clarified.

"I don't want any friction with Sevilla, whom I am grateful to".

The 57-year-old has had an impressive debut season in Europe with Sevilla sitting fourth in La Liga and he is perceived as the ideal fit to rescue Argentina's foundering World Cup qualifying campaign.

"Our goal was to exceed 70 points and we're hopeful of doing that".

Now Sampaoli has the chance to show he can mould a team around the world's best player capable of winning a major trophy after Argentina finished runners-up in the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments.

With Champions League finalists Juventus's attacking duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala also included, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a notable if not unexpected absentee after poor form in recent Argentina matches. "And for 30 games we fought with them to win the league".