Manchester United’s scouting manager Javier Ribalta departs club for Zenit St Petersburg
Manchester United’s scouting manager Javier Ribalta has left the club after just one year in the job.
It was hoped that Ribalta would have a similar impact as he did during five years at Juventus where he helped assemble some of the top talent in Europe on a budget, including Paul Pogba’s free transfer from United to Turin.
It’s understood that Ribalta felt he could not turn down the opportunity to take on a more senior role at Zenit, and there has been no fallout with Jose Mourinho or ‘bad reason’ behind his departure.
Ribalta is reported to see the chance to become sporting director at a big European club as a ‘great challenge’.
Before joining Juventus in 2012, Ribalta scouted prospective talent across Europe for Novara and Torino.