Berizzo not taking Chile job

Eduardo Berizzo has distanced himself from taking over the Chile national team post after Juan Antonio Pizzi quit.

The ninth-placed world's best team, according to FIFA, failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, leading to Pizzi to vacate his post.

Berizzo, who was previously Marcelo Bielsa's assistant with Chile, who took over at Sevilla in May 2017, is a potential replacement, but he has said he has no intention of leaving his La Liga side.

He said: "I'm sorry that Juan Antonio Pizzi could not qualify for Chile.

"I was there as an assistant to Bielsa and I have friends, so I regret that Chile – and my friend Juan – haven't qualified.

"As for the rumours, I am coach of Sevilla and when I sign a contract, I sign a contract.

"I am clear and direct in my way of proceeding – I don't speak with double meanings or want to be part of speculation.

"My work needs concentration. I am coach of Sevilla and I will be everything that my contract says."

Manuel Pellegrini, Marcelo Gallardo are the two other leading candidates for the role.

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