Unai Emery snubs his spot on Bayern shortlist, agrees to a 3yr deal at Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s Spanish manager, Unai Emery, has committed to a three-year contract extending until 2027, despite attracting interest from prominent European clubs.

The 52-year-old, previously with Arsenal, has overseen remarkable progress at Villa Park, guiding the team to 49 points in 25 matches. This achievement notably lifted Villa from the brink of relegation in the 2022/23 season and secured their place in the Europa League.

Currently, Villa stands poised to qualify for the Champions League in the 2024/25 season, comfortably occupying fourth place in the English Premier League standings.

Emery’s stellar performance has captured the attention of major European clubs, including Bayern Munich. However, his decision to remain at Aston Villa has thwarted Bayern’s attempts to secure his services, despite reportedly pursuing other managerial prospects such as Xabi Alonso and Julian Nagelsmann.

Reports from Sky Germany indicate that Bayern is now turning their attention to Ralf Rangnick, the former interim boss at Manchester United, despite his challenges during his tenure at Old Trafford.

When questioned about Bayern’s interest after Villa’s recent 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, Emery reiterated his commitment to Villa, stating, “I am focused here, 100 per cent.”

Emery’s tenure at Villa has been marked by significant success, boasting an impressive record of 44 wins from 77 games in charge. Furthermore, his coaching has contributed to the development of a formidable team and the individual improvement of players like Ollie Watkins, who has made substantial contributions with 38 goals in 47 games across all competitions this season.