Unai Emery confirms he won't be joining Newcastle United 6 months ago

Unai Emery confirms he won't be joining Newcastle United

Emery has turned down Newcastle United

Unai Emery has confirmed that he will not be leaving his position as Villarreal manager to join Newcastle United.

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Earlier this week, the Spaniard confirmed that he had been approached by the Magpies, who had hoped to have the former Arsenal boss in charge for their game against Brighton at the weekend.

The 50-year-old was believed to be the club's first choice to replace the recently departed Steve Bruce, but Emery has now confirmed that he will be remaining in Spain.

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Taking to Twitter, the Villarreal boss released a statement putting an end to speculation around his future.

He said: "No matter how much noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there was transparency and loyalty with the Roig family and with my squad, which is maximum and for me it is the most important thing.

"Villarreal CF is my home and I am 100% committed.

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"Honestly, I am grateful for the interest of a great club, but even more grateful to be here and that is why I communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue being part of this project because of the commitment and respect that I perceive from the club and from my players, which is mutual and reciprocal.

"I want to thank the fans for the support they have always shown me. On Sunday we have a very important game and I hope that together we can achieve victory.

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"See you at the Estadio de la Ceramica".

Emery has enjoyed a successful stint in charge of Villarreal, including a Europa League win last season when the Spanish outfit beat Manchester United on penalties in the final in May.

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