Monchi: Roma? I’ll announce my final decision soon…

Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi, who has already announced that he will be leaving the club in a month’s time, has revealed that although Roma have made him an offer he hasn’t yet decided where he will be working next season. Speaking to El Larguero, Monchi said that he had received offers from the Premier League and Ligue 1 as well as from the Giallorossi.

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On his departure from Sevilla

You can still call me the Sevilla sporting director, I’m still at the club’s disposal during this transitional phase. When will I leave for the final time? In 15-20 days, or perhaps in a month. This separation will be a gradual process, I want to make sure Sevilla will be used to my absence. The current structure is the ideal environment to work in, and you have to make sure that continues. I won’t go to another Spanish club, I can’t do that, because I’m a Sevillista. I can only see my future being abroad. I can also exclude me taking a sabbatical year.

On Roma

Roma are the team who have made most of an effort for me, they’re waiting to hear back from me but I have other offers from France and England as well, although they aren’t concrete like Roma’s. I’ve listened to what they have to say and I’ve explained my methods of working to them. I like Roma’s project. I don’t believe my career as a sporting director will depend on the answer I give to Roma … or to my next club. I’ll soon announce my final decision, you won’t have to wait long.

On Rome

I’ve already been to Rome, to visit it obviously, a while ago. It’s a wonderful city, I’ve missed it a bit… The last time I was in Rome they scored 6 goals [in a friendly against Sevilla in August 2015, which finished 6-4].

On keeping Francesco Totti for another year

[Monchi smiles but says nothing.]

On his past

I work very independently when I’m negotiating. Real Madrid’s philosophy is very different to mine. Dani Alves was my perfect signing. I was also very close to signing Marcelo, van Persie and de Jong. The best profits I’ve made? Kondogbia, who we bought for €3m and sold for €20m, then Krychowiak and Baptista. The hardest signing I made was Gameiro from PSG, we had to negotiate a long time to get him.

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