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Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli has revealed he was nearly appointed Chelsea boss before Antonio Conte landed the job.
The former Chile gaffer joined Spanish side Sevilla in the summer following the exit of Unai Emery to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Sampaoli has confirmed he was in advanced negotiations with the west London club about the then vacant managerial role, but he instead signed a contract with Europa League champions Sevilla.
“There were a lot of teams interested by the call came from Monchi and for us it was very interesting and exciting, we were also in negotiations with Chelsea,” the 56-year-old told El Transistor.
“Sevilla is an amazing city, with a lot of passion and interest in football and when I am in the stadium, the hymn, the songs of the fans – it is incredible.”
Chelsea offered Italian chief Antonio Conte a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge in April and announced he would takeover once Euro 2016 had finished.
The Blues had a poor 2015/16 season, finishing 10th in the Premier League while Jose Mourinho was sacked midway through the campaign.
However, Conte has turned things around at the club and Chelsea are now at the summit of the Premier League table, eight points clear of second-placed Arsenal.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)