Unai Emery explained this Tuesday on Marca.tv about his departure from Villarreal for Aston Villa during the season. Hired by the Premier League club on October 24 to replace a struggling Steven Gerrard, the former PSG coach (2016-2018) justified his choice to leave Villarreal despite a contract running until June 2023. “I was very happy at Villarreal, with whom I won the Europa League, but I needed to find a new professional challenge. I’ve always worked like this: when a goal is reached, I always try to see beyond it. And I wanted to take up the challenge offered to me by Aston Villa”.
Europe as a goal
Emery claims to have been seduced by the speech of Nassif Sawins, the Egyptian owner of the Birmingham club. “I spoke directly with him. He told me about his ambitions for Aston Villa, the history of the club. what he wants to build. The consideration he has of me as a coach. I share his enthusiasm and I think we can build a team to get back to Europe”.
Unai Emery, who started on the Villans bench with a great success on Manchester United (3-1) this Sunday, is he looking for revenge after a first experience in England, at Arsenal, between May 2018 and November 2019? “I take this assignment at Aston Villa as a challenge, not revenge. But it is obvious that I am better equipped to face the Premier League after this spell at Arsenal, which I consider positive.