James, Michael Igiri
Former Chelsea FC technical director Michael Emenalo has joined French champions FC Monaco.
The 52-year-old who stepped down from his role at Stamford Bidge earlier this month after a decade of sterling service for the Premiere League giants revealed that Les Monegasques Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev had shown great interest in recruiting him for the French Champions, who won their first Ligue 1 title since 2000 last season.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me at a high-quality project,” the former Nigeria International told the club’s official website.
“Monaco have shown great progress for several seasons and I am convinced that the future will be just as ambicious.
“Vadim Vasilyev’s desire for me to join Monaco was decisive and, for me, the choice was natural after my decision to leave Chelsea.”
Leonardo Jardim’s side are currently in third place as they trail league leaders Paris Saint-Germain by nine points, with Lyon sharing thesame points but leading on a one goal difference.
It would be recalled Emenalo had shocked Chelsea in October by stepping down from his position as technical director, despite a plea from Roman Abramovich to stay.
Reports have it Emenalo made the decision to quit Chelsea during the summer, but delayed his departure to suit the English defending champions and cause the minimum amount of upheaval.
The move was viewed in some quarters as a victory for head coach Antonio Conte, who had wanted more control over transfers and whose own future has been a source of speculation in recent weeks.