Rio de Janeiro, Dec 12: Former Argentina and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli is considering proposals to manage clubs in Italy, Brazil and Argentina after leaving Santos, according to widespread media reports.
Sampaoli parted ways with Santos on Tuesday, just one-year into his two-year contract, after a row with club president Jose Peres over new signings, Globo Esporte reported on Wednesday.
The 59-year-old has already attracted interest from Italian Serie A side Napoli, Brazil's Palmeiras and Racing of Argentina, it added. On Wednesday, Sampaoli denied that he had resigned, contradicting an official Santos statement that claimed the Argentine had asked to end his contract. ''I didn't officially quit. That's the truth," Sampaoli told reporters. "The club has to be responsible and show proof of the resignation," he added. "Now I'm sure that I'll be leaving. I don't want anything to do with that man [Peres]."
It is understood that Sampaoli's Santos deal included a 2.4 million US-dollar termination clause payable by either party if the contract finished early. Sampaoli steered Santos to second in the 2019 Brazilian Serie A championship despite having publicly criticized the club for ignoring his request for new signings.(XINHUA)