Sevilla's Sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo 'Monchi' posing at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla.(AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER)
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Sevilla's visionary sporting director Ramon Rodriguez 'Monchi' is to leave the club after 17 years, he announced on Friday, as well as confirming he has spoken to Roma about joining the Serie A club but denying he has signed a deal with them.Monchi is regarded as the architect of Sevilla's sustained success in the 21st century, with nine of the 13 trophies in the club's 127-year history coming since the former goalkeeper became sporting director in 2000 .Sevilla have earned a reported 300 million euros ($320.46 million) from player sales during Monchi's tenure as sporting director, leaving a surplus of 150 million euros.Sevilla are third in the La Liga standings on 57 points, eight adrift of leaders Real Madrid, and were recently eliminated from the last 16 stage of the Champions League by Leicester City.
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