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Sevilla coach to leave, Navas offered lifetime deal after confusion over exit

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Sevilla confirmed Saturday coach Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club at the end of the season and that the club wanted to keep departing captain Jesus Navas.

The record seven-time Europa League winners are languishing in 12th in La Liga, although when Sanchez Flores was appointed in December they were battling relegation in 16th.

Sanchez Flores' contract was set to expire in June 2025, but Sevilla chief Jose Maria del Nido Carrasco told reporters both parties agreed the coach will depart.

"I want to thank him, the club was in a very difficult situation and he was capable of turning it around with a lot of hours of work," the president told a news conference Saturday.

"He achieved an objective that, although it hurts us to say it, was difficult."

The president also said he would offer captain Navas a contract for life.

On Thursday, the club announced their record appearance-maker would depart at the end of the season, before Navas released a statement on social media late Friday criticising Sevilla.

The 38-year-old said he had "received no call" from the club about renewing his deal which expires in June.

Navas denied having agreed any deal to play elsewhere and said he wanted to focus his "body and soul" on playing for Spain at Euro 2024 if selected.

"There must have been a misunderstanding for which I will take responsibility, because I know Jesus is suffering a lot," said the Sevilla president.

"If I sit down with Jesus for a minute, we will turn the situation around.

"From here, I offer him a lifetime contract so he can play here as long as he likes, and later work here in whatever he wants, because he deserves to be at Sevilla as long as he wants.

"If he decides to stick with his decision, I will respect it."

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