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Published on August 5th, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Sampaoli pledges future to la Roja

Jorge Sampaoli has cleared up the doubts over his long-term plans by pledging his future to Chile until the next World Cup in Russia.
The former Universidad de Chile boss, who guided la Roja to the last 16 in Brazil, had come under criticism in the last couple of weeks for suggesting that he was only morally obliged to stay in charge until next year´s Copa America in Chile.
That would have put the Chilean Football Association, the ANFP, in a difficult position as they would potentially have had little time to find a new boss for the next World Cup qualifiers if Sampaoli exited after the continental competition.
However, it appears a hefty pay rise after talks with the ANFP has helped persuade the bald-headed boss to stay at the helm.
He said: “Later of a meeting with the president of the ANFP, Sergio Jadue, this morning, I wish to inform you that I have taken the decision to stay in the post of director técnico of the Chilean national team and will take charge for the Copa América 2015 in Chile, the Centenary Copa América in the United States in 2016 and the qualifiers for Russia 2018, including our participation in said World Cup.”

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