Unai Emery confirms Newcastle United’s interest


Unai Emery has confirmed that Newcastle United are interested in appointing him as their new coach.

Newcastle began talks with Emery’s representatives over the weekend and appear to have made him their first choice to succeed Steve Bruce.

Sources close to Newcastle have confirmed for 90 minutes that they are convinced a deal can be made, but Emery himself insists an offer has not yet been made.

“Newcastle have shown interest but I have been thinking about the match all day,” Emery told a news conference following Villarreal’s Champions League victory over Young Boys on Tuesday.

“There is no offer. The offer must be through the club. I am focused on Villarreal. No more than that.

“If there is an offer, I would talk to the president about it. I will not close or open any doors.”

Emery’s quote came after Villarreal president Fernando Roig insisted he had not heard from Newcastle about his head coach.

Roig commented both before and after the match to the Spanish media and denied that an official attitude has been made.

“I have absolutely no idea [about any approach]. What I do know is that he has a contract with us and contracts are there to be fulfilled. I do not doubt Unai’s professionalism, says Roig at Movistar.

In a thinly veiled attack on the riches offered in the Premier League, he added: “The important thing is that fans can not be bought. They do not go to Newcastle or Manchester United.

“Lots and lots of players and coaches have been and are and you are always prepared for what may come. We fans are always here. What matters is that the feeling for Villarreal remains.

“We chose Emery, because we choose all our coaches because we thought he would play good football. Winning the Europa League gave us more visibility. And that put us in the Champions League.”

Despite Roig’s claims, 90min understands that Newcastle’s new owners are convinced that Emery is the right man for them and they have been told by his representatives that he is ready to move back to England after a nasty period at Arsenal.

Newcastle will face Brighton this weekend with interim head coach Graeme Jones taking over, but the belief within the club is that their new boss will be confirmed before that match.

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