"It's a boost for us to see how excited he is with this new stage [for Argentina]". "I spoke to him and he is very excited".
The Argentine Football Association, however, on Thursday confirmed that Sampaoli will be taking the job with immediate effect, the first day Sampaoli was officially allowed to discuss terms with his home nation.
Only the top four sides will qualify directly for the tournament that is to be staged in Russian Federation, and he stressed the need for the national team to get there.
That crisis prompted then-coach Gerardo Martino to quit and be replaced by Edgardo Bauza, who was sacked last month.
'Dybala has a high level and what stands out is his inventiveness, ' Sampaoli said as Thursday's press conference.
But Sampaoli believes in their chances of reaching Russian Federation 2018, saying: "We are convinced that we have the resources to qualify".
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On Messi, he added: "We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here". The fulfilling of a dream that I've craved for a long time. "I want to get back to talent and the art of dribbling, in order to move forward".
However, the 1978 and 1986 world champions now sit outside an automatic qualifying spot for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation after six wins in 14 qualifying games.
Until Wednesday, Sampaoli had been the coach of Sevilla club in Spain, with the team finishing fourth in La Liga last season.
Sampaoli will travel to Melbourne on Friday morning to begin coaching the squad ahead of two worldwide friendlies.
His first challenge as Albiceleste boss will come with a baptism of fire on 9 June, when he takes on eternal rivals Brazil in a friendly to be played in Australia.