Tuesday November 19 2019
Monchi: 'Roma matured me'

Monchi has looked back on his time at Roma with gratitude, thanking them for giving him “balance” in his life and helping him become “more mature”.

Monchi has since returned to Sevilla, where he is aiming to emulate the achievements of his first spell at the club, his dealings in the transfer market helping the Spanish side win five Europa Leagues.

He previously complained he had been “kicked out” by Roma last season, but he has now revealed that his experience in the Italian capital made him a better person.

“I worked really hard at Roma, but I have to thank them for the opportunity they gave me and the experience,” he told Estadio Deportivo.

“I’m a person who has a lot of passion, but it’s true that I found some balance with them.

“I was more visceral before. I took criticism worse and I always lived with a tired face.

“Now, I suffer when we lose and feel really bad, but I have learnt that every day must be the same, even if you win or lose.

“It was important for the club and I because if we overreact to a defeat, it halts our development.

“I am more mature; I know how to deal better with defeats and victories. I am more open and less obsessive.”

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