Sevilla lost 4-0 to Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday to drop to 6th in La Liga. Their director of football, Monchi, spoke to Radio Sevilla on Monday and was asked about a couple of their new signings that haven’t featured much this season. One of those is Rony Lopes, who is reportedly a target of Newcastle.
MONCHI en Radio Sevilla
'Si tengo q estar molesto con q no jueguen Koundé o Rony Lopes sería conmigo, no con el entrenador. Es pronto para decir q me he equivocado. Si no funcionan al final el único culpable soy yo. Si en algo he madurado es en no buscar excusas…' #SevillaFC
— ?? Blanco y Rojo S.F.C (@blancoyrojo_sfc) October 7, 2019
This is a rough translation of his comments about Lopes and fellow new signing Jules Kounde:
“If I have to be upset with someone because Rony Lopes or Kounde do not play, it would be with myself.
“The coach puts in those he believes are better. Koundé is 20 years old, and Rony is 23. You have to have perspective. But if in the end, it does not work, the culprit is me, there is no more.”.
Both Rony Lopes and Jules Kounde joined Sevilla this summer for around £23m. They were the club’s two most expensive signings but have not featured much this season. From these comments, it seems that Monchi is the person who made the final call on the two transfers.
While Kounde, who is a French center-back, has made a few appearances in the league, Rony Lopes has only played 11 minutes. He did not even make the bench against Barcelona on Sunday.
Lopes did feature for Sevilla’s Europa League win against APOEL last Thursday. However, he has only made the bench on three occasions in the league, coming on as a late substitute in his lone appearance.
Newcastle were said to be interested in a January move for Lopes if his situation did not improve at Sevilla. It will be interesting to see how he progresses over the next few months. He could be made available for a loan deal with an option to buy if it does not work out for the Portuguese winger.