Monchi Meets with Bayern’s Pep Guardiola but Holds Out Hope for Barcelona
Sevilla sporting director Ramón ‘Monchi’ Rodríguez Verdejo reportedly met with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in Barcelona about a possible move to the German side, but while the 46-year-old is expected to leave the club after his contract expires, he’s reportedly still holding out hope of becoming sporting director of FC Barcelona.
Monchi has made a reputation for himself as one of the shrewdest businessmen in Spanish football, bringing the likes of Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Luis Fabiano, Kanouté, Seydou Keita, Ivan Rakitic, Carlos Bacca and many more to Spain and despite being forced to sell the biggest names on the squad two summers ago, he constructed a low-budget squad that would eventually go on to win the Europa League.
Now, Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Pep Guardiola recently met with Monchi in Barcelona, a meeting arranged by Pep’s brother and agent Pere Guardiola, in hopes of convincing the director to come to Bavaria.
The report goes on to add that they met and Monchi has yet to give a response, while stating that he is still holding out hope of taking the reins from Andoni Zubizarreta at FC Barcelona, the only club, other than Sevilla, he has wished to lead.
Monchi has been the target for a number of big clubs in the past, as Mourinho held preliminary talks two years ago, but his departure from the club ended any possible move to Real Madrid, while Zenit St. Petersburg offered him a blank cheque to join their club, which Monchi turned down Aleksandr Diúkov’s offer to remain at Sevilla.
Tottenham are also heavily linked with the Spaniard, but as of now, Monchi has denied any contact with any club.