Monchi: A difficult month

Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits the past month has been ‘difficult’ for the club as no one expected Unai Emery to leave and ‘I wanted to go…’

Emery has taken over at Paris Saint-Germain with Jorge Sampaoli succeeding him on the Europa League winners’ bench, but Monchi told Cadena Cope that it has been a stressful few weeks.

“It’s been a difficult month, but it’s all already been forgotten. Now it’s time to rebuild the team and that’s what we will do. Nobody expected Emery to leave, but he invoked a clause in his contract. It’s a good opportunity and I wish him good luck,” he continued, Estadio Deportivo reports.

“Personally, it’s been difficult. I wanted to leave, but the club didn’t agree with the idea. I’m excited by Sampaoli’s arrival, like all Sevilla fans. He’s ambitious, and that’s what won me over.”

Grzegorz Krychowiak followed Emery to PSG and Monchi explained the reason behind the Poland international’s exit, and his imminent replacement.

“In recent summers, all of them, there has been an important sale. We believe in this model and there has been the success of recent years. It works on an economic and sporting level. We don’t look back,” Monchi added.

“We believe PSG’s offer is important and now we try to form a squad to fight for the maximum. We couldn’t have asked for much more for Krychowiak, but if you want to sell and don’t get a good deal then you’re not a good negotiator.

“We had a plan for the players and Emery leaving upset it a bit. Now there is a new Coach with a new style and there are things to change, but I think we’re doing well. The profile of players Sampaoli wants is difficult. We have to handle the concepts well and not overpay.

“We’ve talked about a Chilean but right now none of the names are in the works. It’s true we’re negotiating for Matias Kranevitter and the operation is very, very close.”

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