Villarreal head coach Unai Emery revealed that he will not be leaving the club despite holding talks with Newcastle. The former Arsenal manager also said he held talks with the club’s hierarchy but had reservations about joining. He was the first choice to replace Steve Bruce who was sacked last month. Villareal President Fernando Roig had rubbished any claims that Emery was on the verge of leaving the club.

“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 boss Unai Emery said. “Villarreal is my home and I am 100 percent committed to the club. Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club, but am 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’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.” he added. “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.”

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