Manchester United chief scout Javier Ribalta has quit the Old Trafford side for Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

The 37-year-old, who left has just 13 months after arriving at Old Trafford from Juventus, has signed a three-year deal with Zenit as sporting director.

Ribalta, who spent five years at Juventus as chief scout ahead of joining United, has also worked as a scout at Torino and AC Milan.

Ribalta said in a statement on the Zenit website: “The Sporting Director has a lot of responsibilities, such as searching for new players, overseeing the work of the academy and getting the reserves in order.”

“We will keep looking for players who can strengthen Zenit, but I want to give special attention to the club’s academy.”

“I am very happy that I have become part of such a club. I have seen the victorious photos that adorn the Zenit offices and I want the club to be able to feel these emotions once again.”

The former chief scout at Novara played a key role in the signing of Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala, Kingsley Coman, Dani Alves and Alvaro Morata at Juventus Stadium.

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