Vincenzo Montella admits he was “not expecting” the Sevilla job so soon after his Milan dismissal, but “always wanted an experience abroad.”
The tactician will be appointed once he has resolved his contract situation with Milan, which ought to be over the next 24 hours, as he was fired on November 27.
“I am happy and also surprised, because I was not expecting it,” L’Aeroplanino told Sky Sport Italia.
“This possibility appeared suddenly and I am extremely enthusiastic to be coming to Spain for this new adventure, at a great club with marvellous fans.”
Montella arrived in Sevilla this evening, where he was greeted at the airport along with his new assistant manager – and former Sevilla midfielder – Enzo Maresca.
“I was able to play against Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final as Coach of Fiorentina and it was honestly a struggle to make yourself heard from the touchline, as the home supporters were so loud.
“I am curious and enthusiastic. I had always wanted to try an experience abroad. Perhaps I didn’t expect it to be so soon, especially once I had started the season, but my plans, my aspirations and my dreams were all projected towards going abroad.”
Sevilla sacked Coach Eduardo Berizzo just a few days before Christmas, a week after he returned from time off for cancer treatment.
Other options for the bench included Walter Mazzarri, so why did the Spaniards choose Montella?
“You’d have to ask the club, but in Spain they play primarily to entertain and get a result. I studied the history of Sevilla and it requires a great deal of passion, so it’s a real challenge.”
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We're back in training and Vincenzo Montella already has staff on reconnaissance missions— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 28, 2017
Enzo Maresca joined the Chairman and Óscar Arias this evening to watch the First Team in action