Monchi leaves Roma in more Champions League fallout

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 28, 2018 file photo, Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, talks to journalist during a press conference, at the foreign press association headquarters, in Rome. The fallout from Roma's Champions League exit continues as sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, has left the club by mutual consent after less than two years in his position. Roma announced Friday that "the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to bring an early end to their professional relationship." Monchi had another two years left on his contract, which he signed in April 2017 after ending a 17-year stint with Sevilla. The 50-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

ROME — Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, has left the club following its Champions League exit.

Roma says "the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to bring an early end to their professional relationship."

Monchi was hired in April 2017 after ending a 17-year stint with Sevilla. He had more than two years left on his contract.

The 50-year-old Monchi has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Roma lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. The club fired coach Eusebio Di Francesco the following day.

That defeat came after a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season's Champions League.

Roma is expected to appoint Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season. The 67-year-old Ranieri, who was fired by Fulham last week, flew to Italy on Friday.

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