Emery stresses 'loyalty' to Villarreal, but has 'not said no' to Newcastle

2021-11-03 12:06:02 GMT2021-11-03 20:06:02(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MADRID, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Villarreal coach Unai Emery did little to calm the worries of the club's supporters that he could be Newcastle-bound when he spoke to the press following his side's 2-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

It had emerged during the day that Emery is the favorite to replace Steve Bruce in the wake of the Saudi Arabian takeover at Newcastle United and the former Arsenal, Valencia and Sevilla coach failed to rule out a return to the Premier League, despite stressing his 'loyalty' to his current club.

"This is an individual circumstance within the group and I have told club president (Fernando Roig) and the squad. I have been told there is interest, but that has not been transformed in anything else...There is nothing more than this interest and if it become something more (ie an offer), I would speak to the Roig family first," said Emery.

"If I do get an offer, I can listen to it, or tell the club, but for the moment that is just a hypothesis," insisted the coach, who spoke of his "loyalty" to the owners and the club.

"Anyone can receive an offer and be grateful that someone is interested in your work," he added.

Emery admitted he had "not said 'no'" to Newcastle, but insisted the question "was not going to last for long...If there is a decision to be made, I will make it with the agreement of the club. I am only thinking about staying and if there was anything else, we'll see. I'm currently Villarreal coach and tomorrow I will wake up still being Villarreal coach," he concluded.

Tuesday's win lifted Villarreal to second place in their Champions League group, while they are currently in mid-table in LaLiga after a run of three defeats and a draw from their last four matches. Enditem