Chelsea news: Michael Emenalo reveals why he quit Blues for Monaco director role

MICHAEL EMENALO has been appointed Monaco sporting director just three weeks after his shock departure from Chelsea.

Michael Emenalo resigned as Chelsea technical director earlier this month after a decade at Stamford Bridge.

The 52-year-old has been snapped up by Ligue 1 champions Monaco who have appointed him their new sporting director.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me in such a high-quality project,” he said in an official club statement.

“Monaco have shown great progress in the past few seasons and I am convinced that the club will keep being successful.

“I will work here with humility and try my best to bring my experience in this club which is a reference of French and European football.”

The Nigerian has admitted Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was the reason behind his decision to leave Chelsea for the French side.

“Vadim Vasilyev convinced me to join AS Monaco and I believe this is the right choice for me after my decision to leave Chelsea,” he added.

And the Monaco vice-president admitted he was equally happy to have the former Chelsea man on board at the Stade Louis II.

“I have been following Michael Emenalo’s work for a long time and I am very happy to have him here after he chose to quit Chelsea,” Vasilyev said.

“His know-how in the scouting network, as well as the technical skills he developed working in one of the most successful clubs in the world in the past few years, are the main reasons leading us to present him to our ambitious challenge.”

Emenalo joined Chelsea in October 2007 alongside Avram Grant and was later made an opposition scout and first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti.

He assumed the role of technical director in 2011 and was pivotal in player recruitment, bringing through the likes of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

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