If Jorge Sampaoli is indeed close to joining Olympique de Marseille, someone close to the Argentine coach denies that an agreement has already been reached.
The arrival of Jorge Sampaoli on the Marseille bench is thickening: the Argentinian announced on Monday his departure from the Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro and is in ” advanced discussions With OM, a source in the technician’s entourage confirmed to AFP. ” The end has come. Thursday will be the last game “, Wrote Sampaoli, who was nevertheless linked to the Brazilian club until the end of the year, in a letter to supporters. With OM, “The discussions are advanced but it is not at all concluded. Details are still missing but I think it will be done ”, told AFP a source close to the technician’s entourage.
According to several media, a contract running until 2023 awaits the former coach of the Argentine selection (2017-2018), tipped to become the new coach of OM to replace the Portuguese André Villas-Boas, foot at the beginning of February just after proposing his resignation. Sampaoli, 60, took the reins of Atlético Mineiro in March 2020 and won 25 of the 44 games played at his head (10 losses, 9 draws). His club marked the end of the adventure with this coach known for his offensive style of play, emphasizing on Twitter the ” important role “Played by” Sampa “in” the development of Atlético thanks to its discipline, its spirit and its enormous capacity for work ».
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In his coaching career that began in 2002, Sampaoli also managed another Brazilian club, Santos, as well as clubs in Peru, Chile and Ecuador. His only experience in Europe was in Spain, on the bench of Sevilla FC (2016-2017). In his farewell letter, he says he did not want ” only win ” most ” to be creative “And” build a team that, when shown on TV, would take away the sadness for a while “. According to him, ” Brazilian football has an infinite talent: it made me rediscover the beauty of the game, something that will mark me forever ».
Known for his anger on the sidelines, Jorge Sampaoli will not be able to lead Atlético Mineiro for the last day of the Brazilian championship, Thursday against Palmeiras (Friday at 1:30 am Paris time), because he was excluded on the previous day for verbally attacking the referee. Atlético Mineiro occupy third place in Brasileirao and qualify for the group stage of the next Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League.
Writing with AFP