On Monday, Sevilla held a press conference to announce the return of Monchi, and Leeds United’s Victor Orta got a mention from the transfer guru.

The English media had expected Monchi to take up a role at Arsenal, and whilst that had also been reported in Spain, it was made clear he had other offers.

Shortly after AS Roma announced the Spaniard had left the club, Sevilla fired their manager Pablo Machin. That saw the club’s director of football Joaquín Caparrós take up the managerial reigns, at least until the end of the season, and left a space for Monchi to return.

Before taking the job, he’d asked advice from various people, and revealed it wasn’t all positive. One of those who backed the idea up, and gave Monchi confidence to go back to his old job, was Leeds’ Orta.

As quoted by Diario de Sevilla, Monchi explained: “There are people outside of Seville who have told me that I am wrong, that returns were never good. But I valued it, I put everything in the shaker. My friend Victor Orta told me, when asked about this: I would say that The Godfather II was better than The Godfather.”

Wise words.

Aside from the nice little story, it shows that Monchi and Orta remain close… fans will hope that could benefit Leeds United at some point in the not too distant future.