Jorge Sampaoli has admitted he would value a move to the Premier League over the Bundesliga or La Liga next season, amid reports linking him to the Chelsea job. The former Chile national team coach, however, says that talk of him taking the reins at Stamford Bridge are just speculation, with nothing "concrete" existing between him and the club yet.
The Daily Mail reported in December that the Fifa coach of the year nominee was on the shortlist of targets for the Blues job on a permanent basis, alongside Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone. Speculation increased after the current Bayern Munich boss signed a deal with Manchester City, while Sampaoli quit as Chile coach following a dispute with the country's football federation.
The manager himself, who guided Chile to their first Copa America trophy in 2015, has revealed his intentions to move to England, ahead of potential jobs in Germany, Spain and Italy.
"[In the Premier League] you must defend with the ball and attack continuously. That's why the Premier League is very seductive for me, because it is a frantic attacking game of go and return where you never know who is going to win. At the very last moment there may be two goals," Sampaoli said, as quoted by El Universal, after being recognised as the best Americas manager of 2015.
As well as the Chelsea job, Sampaoli has also been linked with the position helming Qatar ahead of the country's 2022 World Cup hosting.
But asked in an interview with Ovacion Digital whether Chelsea or Qatar have approached him, he replied: "That's all speculation.
"There is nothing concrete. Today everybody is still competing, every club has a manager. I wouldn't speak about any concrete club when there is still a manager in charge. There is plenty of media speculation but it is not real.
"I have to choose the best project. I have been working continuously during the last 14 years, so [being without a job] is something unnatural about me. I have to wait for a project that excites me for the future. The idea is trying to find a project where I can win titles. I do not see myself managing in a league thinking about being third or fourth."