Manchester United’s chief scout Javier Ribalta has confirmed his move to Zenit.
The 37-year-old only moved to Old Trafford a year ago after a five-year stint with Juventus.
It is believed he played a part in the signing of Porto defender Diogo Dalot but he has now left the club.
Ribalta has moved on to join Russian giants Zenit as sporting director – insisting the opportunity was too good to turn down.
"I’ve been working in football for many years and spent a long time at Juventus and have worked with other Italian clubs, Novara and Torino," Ribalta said.
"I also spent last year at Manchester United, after many years at Juventus I decided to go there for a challenge.
Zenit president Sergey Fursenko added: "There has never been such an expert at Zenit before and we are glad that Javier Ribalta has joined our club.
"We always set ourselves the highest goals and in order to implement them we needed such an expert."
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