Unai Emery was in talks with Newcastle over replacing Steve Bruce at St James’ Park; the ex-Arsenal manager said in a statement: “Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club”;
Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca remains interested in the role
Unai Emery has released a statement to say he will not be leaving Villarreal to become Newcastle United manager, despite holding talks with the club.
The former Arsenal boss held talks with Newcastle’s hierarchy earlier this week,
but held reservations about joining the club, despite being their No 1 choice to replace Steve Bruce.
In a statement released on his Twitter account, Emery said:
“For all the noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family, that for me is most important.
“Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club
“Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club,
Unai Emery also even more grateful to stay here
and I have communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project and for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players,
it is mutual and reciprocated.
“I also want to show gratitude for the love and support that has always been shown to me.
This Sunday, we have a very important game and I hope that, together, we can achieve victory. We will see you in the Estadio Ceramica.”
On Tuesday, Villarreal’s president Fernando Roig rejected any suggestions
that Emery was on the verge of leaving the Estadio de la Ceramica.
He said: “I’m sure that his mind is not drifting elsewhere. I know Unai has a contract with us and contracts are there to be fulfilled.
We hope that we will be able to see that contract through until the end.”
Emery appointe Villarreal manager in July 2020 and
his side beat Manchester United on penalties to win the Europa League last season,
the fourth time he has lifted the trophy as a manager.
His team are struggling in La Liga this term, 13th in the table with two wins from their first 11 games,
but are faring better in the Champions League
where they are level on points with Manchester United at the top of Group F,
following their 2-0 win against Young Boys on Tuesday.