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Javier Ribalta delighted being named new sporting director of Parma

Javier Ribalta has been named new sporting director of Parma.

Ribalta arrives from Zenit St Petersburg, having also worked for Juventus and Manchester United.

“I'd like to thank the President for this opportunity because, irrespective of the current situation, this is a great Club," said Ribalta.

“It's a Club that wants to build something important. I think that everybody wants to grow. From what I've seen, there's a long-term project here and I decided to be part of it.

“I've worked in various countries and have spent many years in Italy. I won't just have one model of reference. Every club is different, and it doesn't make any sense to copy or try to imitate others. However, it does make sense to aim to replicate the best aspects and apply them here.

“As is the case in all divisions, you need strong players in Serie B. It's a unique league, we know what we have to do to win it: I've perhaps seen more Serie B matches than games in the Italian top flight. Should we be relegated, we'll consider it a small step backwards on our way to moving forward.

“The Club will have a clear approach irrespective of the league we're in. Whether we're relegated or not will change little when it comes to our project, which is one we're planning on carrying out over the long term."

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