Valencia have confirmed they have signed Pablo Longoria, the head of the scouting team at Juventus.
Longoria has made the switch to the Mestalla and has signed a four-year contract with Los Che, where he will head their team of scouts, networking over Spain and Europe.
Having worked in Spain before with Recreativo Huelva, Longoria has extensive knowledge of the Spanish game, whilst his involvement with Italian sides Sassuolo and Atalanta make him a real coup for Marcelino’s side.
“Valencia CF has reached an agreement with the ‘scouting manager’ of Juventus, Pablo Longoria, who joins the club on a four-year contract as Director of Scouting, Analysis and Recruitment, a new position to reinforce the club’s existing structure,” read a club statement.
“The move fits in with our goal, already set out by Director General Mateu Alemany, of working with a strong backroom staff, and following national and international transfer markets in depth, with special attention paid to young talent, above all locally.
“In this sense, VCF reinforces its sporting structure with the dual priorities of optimising the arrival of the best young players to the Academy and then to the First Team, as well as identifying and signing the best talent on the market, in a competitive environment.
“Pablo Longoria was ‘scouting manager’ at Juventus, co-ordinating all their scouts at under-20 level, since 2015. Prior to that, he was head of scouting at Sassuolo, an international scout at Atalanta and a scout at Recreativo Huelva.”
Valencia have had a superb season so far, given their previous seasons poor form and they are currently sitting in the Champions League places, one place behind – Real Madrid, who leapfrogged them over the weekend.
Marcelino’s time at the club has played a major part in their resurgence, bringing in the likes of Simone Zaza, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Goncalo Guedes.