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Roma set to appoint Monchi as sporting director

Roma are ready to appoint Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, otherwise known as Monchi, as their new sporting director.

The Sevilla technical director, a former target for Everton, is due to hold talks over a three year deal with Roma in London.

It would end a more than 30-year association between Monchi and Sevilla. The 48-year-old spent his entire playing career at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan before going upstairs after retiring in 2000.

Mochi’s profile has grown in recent years with Sevilla’s consistent success in the Europa League and their ability to remain competitive despite losing their best players every summer.

This season they have been impressive in La Liga and currently sit above Atletico Madrid in the table. They also looked set for Champions League quarter-final spot before Leicester’s shock comeback.

The links between Monchi and Roma have been persistent and now look to have borne fruit. The Spanish club’s president, Jose Castro, hinted last week that Monchi might be headed for the exit.

‘Monchi is working for Sevilla, as always,’ Sevilla President José Castro assured, speaking to Marca.

‘That’s an individual matter. At the end of the season we’ll see what happens with Monchi, we have other priorities at the moment.

‘Sevilla is much more important than Monchi, than me, or anyone you can talk about.’