Monchi reveals why he overlooked Arsenal for Sevilla
Former AS Roma Sporting Director Monchi has revealed why he chose Sevilla over Arsenal after leaving the Seria A club.
Monchi was reappointed the Sporting Director of the Seville-based club after leaving them two years ago. He has revealed that he chose to 'return home' to help the club grow their sporting projects. Many thought that the Spaniard would join Unai Emery at Arsenal after the pair had successful stints at Sevilla before.
"I thank Arsenal for their interest. It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most. I had other options and very important ones that were flashier, but I've chosen Sevilla because its sporting project convinced me. I want to thank everyone that contributed to my return to what I consider to be my home." the 50-year old director told Sky Sports.
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During his 17-year stay with Sevilla, he helped them win 11 titles including three Europa League ones that were pioneered with the help of Unai Emery.
Many people outside of Seville have told me that I've made the wrong choice, that sequels are never good. I've evaluated all of this. I'm here not because I'm a Sevilla fan, not to save someone's skin, but because in the conversations I've had with the club president and other club executives, they have transmitted to me an idea of what Sevilla's future could be that coincides with what I believe Sevilla's future should be. My idea is to help Sevilla grow. I want to build a Sevilla team that can fight among the best." the Spaniard added.
Arsenal targeted Monchi a potential replacement for Sven Mislintat who left in February for AC Milan.
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