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Unai Emery snubs Newcastle job, gives reasons

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Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has confirmed he will not be leaving for Newcastle United.

The 50-year-old revealed this after their 2-0 Champions League win over Young Boys.

The Magpies had signalled their interest in appointing him but were yet to make an official approach.

“Villarreal is my home and I’m fully committed,” Emery said in a statement posted to social media on Wednesday.

“Honestly I’m grateful for the interest from a great club but even more for being here. That is why I have informed [Villarreal owner] Fernando Roig of my decision to continue being part of this project, because of the commitment and respect I received from my club and from the players, which is mutual.

“Despite the rumours yesterday in another country, within the club there was transparency and loyalty, with the Roig family and with my staff, which is total, and for me the most important thing. Villarreal is my home and I am 100% committed.”

Emery, who has also enjoyed spells at Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Valencia, led Villarreal to a seventh-placed finish in LaLiga last season, although the side have not fared so well this season and are just three points above the relegation zone after 11 games.

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