Monchi insists his move to AS Roma was the "right choice".
The former Sevilla chief is being criticised for his summer market work.
But he told Planet Futbol: “It is not easy to describe my work in a few words. I take care of everything concerning the sports planning at Roma, from who the coach is, to the club's philosophy, to buy and sell players.
“I really thought it was time for me to change after 29 years divided between life as a footballer and a sports director. I felt I needed to try new things and test myself to see if I could do my work outside my home. Many think that I did it for money, but the truth is I needed a new experience.
“I thought that Roma was the club that, among the many who looked for me, offered me the possibility of being myself, of being Monchi.
“It was important to maintain independence and responsibility, the possibility of continuing my work. Roma gave me the opportunity not to change my professional identity and after 16 months, I can say that it was the right choice."