Argentine boss speaks out amid Chelsea links

Jorge Sampaoli has spoken out about links with Chelsea, claiming that it’s all mere “speculation” for now.

The Argentine tactician is one of a number of high-profile managers to be linked with the soon-to-be-vacant post at Stamford Bridge, with Guus Hiddink only at the club on an interim basis following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December.

Sampaoli is most famous for his work with the Chilean nation side, with whom he oversaw a stunning rise, capped with 2015 Copa America glory, before his recent exit.

And amid links with Chelsea, the 55-year-old, speaking to Ovacion Digital, played down speculation, claiming that he doesn’t want to talk about a move to London at this stage with no concrete negotiations having taken place.

When asked about links with the Premier League champions, he said: “There’s nothing concrete. Everybody is competing today, everybody with a manager. I wouldn’t talk about something concrete while someone has a manager in charge. There is plenty of media speculation, but they really don’t match the reality.”

Sampaoli went on to reveal that he’s not interested in taking a job with a lesser team and wants to be competing for league titles, a status being Chelsea boss seemingly offers:

“You have to choose the best sporting project. I’ve been working uninterruptedly for 14 years, so what’s happening now is not natural for me.

“We have to wait for the project that makes me excited about the future. The idea that comes to me now is to seek a project that makes me win things. I don’t see myself in a league thinking of finishing third or fourth.”