Sevilla’s Director of Football Joaquin Caparros has defended the sale of Steven N’Zonzi to AS Roma, saying his side need a ‘togetherness’.
The Frenchman was odds on to leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan under coach Eduardo Berizzo in the first half of last season after failing to gain playing time and citing a desire to move back to the Premier League.
Problems have since been solved however, with N’Zonzi being re-installed by Berizzo’s replacement – Vincenzo Montella, who despite bringing the best out of the former Stoke City midfielder – was sacked towards the end of the season.
Having sprung back into life; N’Zonzi played an important part in Sevilla’s impressive European run, which saw them eliminate Manchester United to reach the quarter-final stage but he was also involved in their poor end to the campaign.
The Frenchman has now completed a medical at Roma in what is believed to be a £28m move, which is expected to include add ons of £3m.
N’Zonzi’s exit has been countered by Sevilla, who made Roque Mesa’s deal from Swansea City a permanent one and Caparros has said that it was the right decision to sell the midfielder.
“Everyone knew that his intention was to leave Sevilla,” Caparros told Onda Cero.
“I’m happy for the three parties; for the footballer, for the club and for Roma. Ultimately, we need a team who are a focused, a united dressing room with no distraction for the Coach.
“In football it is essential that the player is comfortable, that he feels the club like that of Sevilla – we try to ensure that of all players.
Sarabia to be offered a new deal?
Whilst speaking about N’Zonzi’s exit, Caparros was also quizzed on Pablo Sarabia, who has been linked with a summer move.
“Pablo Sarabia’s renovation? We were always going to try and improve his contract regardless of interest from other clubs.
“He is an important player for us and we have made him a great offer, so we will see.”