SANTIAGO: Jorge Sampaoli has quit as coach of Chile six months after winning the Copa America, the Chile football federation confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Confirmation the Argentine had stood down as boss of La Roja came five days after the federation announced that talks over his future had broken down. Sampaoli leaves after a week of acrimony in which he claimed the federation was holding him hostage over a $6 million (5.5 million euros) buy out clause in his contract which still had two years to run. He had also been angered by local media reports linking him to tax evasion and holding an offshore bank account. The federation confirmed his departure in a statement. “A deal has been reached between the national professional football association and Jorge Sampaoli to bring to an end their contractual relationship,” it said.