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Issues with Chile's FA forced Sampaoli to quit as manager.

Jorge Sampaoli quits as Chile manager; could a move to Chelsea be on the horizon?

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With the press awash with rumours that a host of Premier League clubs are on the lookout for a new manager this summer, Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of one of the most attack-minded and exciting bosses in the game: Jorge Sampaoli.

The Argentine is well renowned for his attacking philosophies as manager of the Chile national side, with whom he won the Copa America last summer, but reports as per the Daily Mail have revealed he has stepped down from his post after a dispute with the nation's FA.

This raises the question: is it time for the 55-year-old to begin a new adventure with one of Europe's powerhouses?

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Managing a top side in Europe is seen as the pinnacle for any coach and Sampaoli will certainly be in high demand given the success achieved with Chile and his candidacy for the prestigious Coach of the Year award at least week's Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Sampaoli was pipped to the prize by Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, though there's little doubt he is finally being recognised for his work.

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Not many outside South America expected Chile to do as well as they did at the Brazil World Cup in 2014, yet with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez, they reached the round of 16 after defeating Spain in the group stages.

The round of 16 might not seem an impressive feat, having lost to Brazil on penalties, yet the daring and skillful brand of football they showcased was a testement to Sampaoli's influence.

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The 55-year-old won over fans across Europe during that summer for his tactical masterclass - and a move to the Premier League champions could just be the next big step in his career.

It seems Sampaoli is keen on a move to England too, with Spanish expert Guillem Balague tweeting a picture of himself and the former Chile coach at the Ballon d'Or award ceremony.

Coming up against Enrique and Pep Guardiola for Coach of the Year, Sampaoli commanded just 9.47% of the vote, with Barcelona's manager earning 31.08%.

However, just to be named in the same breath as two of modern football's greatest managers proves his ability as a coach.

Few also expected Chile to win the 2015 Copa America with the likes of Argentina and Brazil involved, yet win they did on home soil and in quite exceptional fashion, Sanchez scoring the winning penalty against Lionel Messi's side in the final's penalty shootout.

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Sampaoli's attacking philosophies are just what's needed to reinvigorate Chelsea and restore the west Londoners' dominance in English football - and with Manchester United also reportedly interested, Roman Abramovich might want to act fast if he's to lure one of world football's most exciting managers to Stamford Bridge.

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