Sevilla outgoing sporting director Monchi has revealed that he is wanted in England.
Monchi, who has presided over superb transfer business at Sevilla since the turn of the century, bringing in the likes of Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic on the cheap before selling them for a fortune, recently announced that he will soon leave the LaLiga club.
He insists he would never head to another Spanish team but says he is unsure whether he will end up in England, Italy or France.
Speaking to Cadena SER, he said: “I would never go to a Spanish team that is not Sevilla, I am going to go away (abroad), that is where I have to be. Roma want me to wait, I have spoken with them but it’s not the only offer – [also from] France, England…”
“I haven’t signed any deal with anyone but Roma have shown the most interest in me. It’s true that I met with Roma the other day in London,” Monchi told a news conference on Friday.
“I would like to apologise to the president because I didn’t warn him about it, but I just listened to their project, nothing else. I still have to decide where I go.”
“We did everything possible for Monchi to stay but we’ve decided to come to an agreement. Monchi wanted to leave and that’s what he’s decided to do,” said Sevilla president Jose Castro.
The sporting director said Sevilla had tried to convince him to stay and offered him an improved contract but he was leaving because he wanted a change.
“It’s not a professional issue, it’s a very personal thing, I’m exhausted. I’ve been here 29 years, 17 as a sporting director. I wanted to leave last May. Perhaps I didn’t go about it in the right way but the idea remained,” he said.
“The club tried to convince me to stay in every way possible, with kinds words, with financial rewards, including an offer I would never have got at any other club, but I need to take a breath of fresh air.”