ARSENAL have missed out on switch wizard Monchi.
The ex-Roma director of soccer was anticipated to tackle the identical function on the Emirates after leaving the Serie A membership earlier this month.
However the former goalkeeper, 50, has as an alternative determined to return to Sevilla, the place he loved 17 profitable years as director of soccer after hanging up his gloves.
After experiences of talks being held, the Spanish membership made the announcement on their official web site this morning.
A press release learn: “Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, Monchi, returns to what is going to all the time be his residence.
“Sevilla FC and Monchi have reached an settlement for the San Fernando to return to what had been his place till two years in the past, as normal sports activities director.
“Its incorporation will probably be efficient from April 1. His presentation will probably be this Monday, March 18, beginning at 1pm on the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.”
Sevilla gained 5 Uefa Cups and Europa Leagues, two Copa del Reys and the Uefa Tremendous Cup throughout his time as director.
However in addition to the match success Sevilla loved throughout his time within the function, it was his success with transfers that cast his sturdy fame.
Monchi introduced the likes of Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas and Jose Antonio Reyes into the Sevilla academy earlier than they broke into the primary group and had been bought for giant revenue.
He additionally made the membership plenty of cash via the gross sales of Dani Alves, Julio Baptista and Ivan Rakitic.
The assertion added: “Sevilla FC couldn’t be understood with out Monchi as a result of Monchi is Sevilla FC.
“The primary 17 years of the 21st century will all the time be remembered because the Monchi Period, an period that returns with new vigour… in order that the current successes won’t take lengthy to repeat.”
Arsenal have struggled behind the scenes over current months with chief government Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat each asserting their departures.
That has led to the membership starting the search to nominate a director of soccer for the primary time.
Monchi appeared to be the best candidate on account of his confirmed monitor file with gamers and when he left Roma it regarded nailed-on that he would head to the Emirates earlier than Sevilla swooped.
The Gunners should now look elsewhere in the event that they need to fill the put up.
Legend Marc Overmars reportedly needs to return to the Premier League and turn into the membership’s new technical director.
He’s in the identical function at Dutch giants Ajax however may very well be in line for a transfer again to his former membership.