The man behind operations for the Italian giants, Monchi, says that links with Manchester United, PSG, Atletico Madrid and the La Liga champions are of no interest to him
In fact, he is eager for rumours of any potential departure to be put to bed. The highly-respected executive had in fact moved from Spain to Italy in the first place, joining Rome from Sevilla in 2017 after helping the Spanish club win 11 trophies during his tenure. His time in Seville saw him land highly-rated names like the former Barcelona star Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic, while also helping bring through homegrown talents which netted the club €100 million (£87m/$113m) in transfer fees, apart from an impressive trophy haul.
The Spaniard has attempted to replicate that same success at Roma, signing promising youngers like Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert. His first year saw Roma reach the semifinals of the Champions League, which only brightened his star. This has seen Europe’s top clamouring for his signature, including Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.
However, speaking before Roma’s win over Sampdoria, Monchi told Sky Sport Italia that he is uninterested in leaving the Serie A side, and hopes he is not linked elsewhere anymore. “I’m happy to work here and I want to stay for many years because I have a lot of confidence in the club,” he explained. “I hope the rumours of my departure stop. I don’t want to leave, my goal is to work in the best way that I can. As long as there is trust, I will stay here. My only idea is to stay here.”
Roma eased to a 4-1 win against Sampdoria, moving the capital club to 19 points and into sixth place as they rebound from a slow start to the season. The club endured a five-game winless streak in August and September, but have since lost just once over their last 10 games.
As is with the most in demand coaches and players, the big clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United love to get even the most wanted sporting directors and directors of football into their fold, in the hope to fasttrack their way to success. In such circumstances, it is refreshing to see someone like Monchi reject these poachers and commit to a club that has made a name of overachieving over the past few seasons.