Sergio Neveleff gave an interview to BBC Sheffield ahead of Estudiantes' friendly with Sabella's former team Sheffield United on Sunday, and admitted the coach could soon leave the club.

"In Argentina, being the national team coach is the most wanted position," Neveleff said.

Asked if the match at Bramall Lane would be Sabella's last in charge, Neveleff said: "As a fan and a member of the club, I hope not.

"We were confident that Alex would be our manager for a long time, but now we are affected [by the national team situation]."

Sabella won the Copa Libertadores with Estudiantes last year, and has been linked to the Argentina job as has Racing Club coach Miguel Angel Russo.

Sabella played four times for Argentina. The midfielder signed for Sheffield United in 1978 and later joined Leeds.

He was an assistant to Argentina coach Daniel Passarella at the 1998 World Cup.