There are few things that could place Sevilla's qualification to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the shade. Yet it looks like the Andalucían club are searching for them. After a disastrous defeat to Leganés, coach Vincenzo Montella has flirted with the Italian Football Association regarding his plans for the future.
Juventus? No. Italy? Well...
"I feel good in Seville and I've got another year on my contract," Montella told RAI," Would I go to Juventus? No. They have a great coach and Allegri will be there for a while because he's doing a great job.
"Would I coach Italy? It's a dream for any coach to coach their national team, I don't know what would happen if they added to me..."
Montella's flirtatious statements comes after gaining 16 of a possible 36 points since taking over from Eduardo Berizzo at the end of 2017.
Sevilla face repeat of Sampaoli situation
The 43-year-old's situation is similar to that of Jorge Sampaoli one year ago. Both coaches signed two-year contracts at the Sánchez Pizjuán, but with clauses that allowed them to leave after one year if a third party were to pay their release clause. Argentina paid Sampaoli's release clause.
It remains unclear if Italy would do the same for Montella, but his recent declarations provide a strong hint as to what his response would be.