Sevilla’s transfer guru, Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo know as “Monchi”, has revitalised Sami Nasri’s footballing career, writes Sam May.
He was appointed Los Rojiblancos sporting director in 2000 when the Andalusian side were in financial crisis and had been relegated.
Call him the “Spanish Steve Walsh”. The Everton director of football and former head of player identification at Leicester City, who skillfully identified N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez for the Foxes.
Like Walsh, Monchi has also brought in players with extraordinary balance sheet results. Some, which include: Dani Alves, Federico Fazio, Ivan Rakitić, Luis Fabiano and Carlos Bacca. The total group were recruited for just over £23 million.
Players who came through the ranks include: Jesús Navas, Sergio Ramos, Alberto Moreno, Luis Alberto and José Antonio Reyes – all of who realised exceptional profits for the club. The total sell on value of the group being £170 million.
A fine move was selling the UEFA Europa League winners to the unwanted 29-year-old Samir Nasri, who is spearheading Jorge Sampaoli’s underdogs this season. The first time is six years the Spanish side have maintained a 100% home record, thus far.
Many fans were questioning the departure of fan favourite Grzegorz Krychowiak who swapped Southern Spain for the French capital, following former coach Unai Emery to Paris St Germain.
Step up Nasri. The man-of-the moment recently played with pace along the left wing and destructed the Atletico Madrid defence, hitting the post, and helping his side to claim a 1-0 victory, lifting them to second in La Liga. The Frenchman is flourishing.
It was clear he wasn’t wanted by incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, and there were no takers. The playmaker, who was once distinctive under Arsene Wenger, has featured nine times so far this season, scoring three goals and making one assist. He also has an impressive 90% pass success rate.
He will continue to succeed, perhaps the loan signing of the season?
Fluent in French he can clearly communicate well with Nasri. However Monchi, is expected to depart the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium and join former Sevilla manager Unai Emery at PSG at the end of the season.
Sevilla however, may have other thoughts.