Sevilla said Thursday that highly respected sporting director
Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, better known as "Monchi", was leaving
the club after guiding it through its most successful era.
Spanish media reports say Monchi, who has admirers across Europe,
will go to Roma in Italy in a similar role.
"FC Sevilla and Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, Monchi, have reached a
deal for the departure of the club's sporting director," the club
announced in a short statement, adding a press conference would
be held Friday with further details.
Since taking over as sporting director in 2000 the former
goalkeeper has helped guide Sevilla from Spain's second division
to five Europa League or UEFA Cup titles.
Moreover, Monchi did it while raking in hundreds of millions of
euros as the likes of Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos and Ivan Rakitic
headed for greener pastures and replacing them at a fraction of
In a February interview with AFP he hinted at a move: "I have
said many times that France and Italy are the models that are
perhaps the leagues that attract me most because the figure of
sporting director has more weight."