Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been told by Aston Villa manager Unai Emery to turn his attention back to his team following his World Cup exploits.
Emiliano Martinez, a World Cup winner, must swiftly acclimate to life at Aston Villa, according to manager Unai Emery.
The goalkeeper was crucial to Argentina’s first World Cup victory in 36 years as they defeated France earlier this month. The Argentine international has been away celebrating.
He is expected to be available for the trip to Tottenham on January 1 after sitting out the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day.
Martinez won the World Cup with Argentina and is now back at Aston Villa. After being declared the best goalie in the competition, the stopper took home the Golden Glove award in Qatar.
The 30-year-old gave a wave to the media team at the club and appeared pleased to be back with his employers.
Martinez is available for his team’s upcoming game against Spurs on Sunday, according to manager Unai Emery, but the Spaniard wants to make sure the Argentine is mentally and emotionally prepared to play again for his club.
Since taking over as Steven Gerrard’s replacement in November, Emery has won twice and lost twice for Villa, who are now ranked 12th in the Premier League.
When Emiliano Martinez arrived back at Aston Villa after winning the World Cup, he was seen to be in good spirits, grinning and waving.
The goalkeeper took extra time off after being key to Argentina’s World Cup victory this month, thanks to his heroics and antics during penalty situations throughout the competition.
The goalie has been given time off to enjoy the victory after helping Argentina defeat France 4-2 on penalties to win the championship on December 18.
“He will be physically available, and we’ll evaluate his mentality,” Unai Emery stated.
“Hopefully, he is coming with Aston Villa as his only emphasis. He will need to swiftly acclimate to our work once more, of course.”
Martinez gained recognition for his World Cup achievements both on and off the field.
The goalie insulted Kylian Mbappe of France after Argentina won the championship, and he lewdly celebrated his Golden Glove victory. He also taunted Aurelien Tchouameni for missing a penalty.
Martinez will be the subject of a conversation between Emery and Martinez over his celebrations, and one rumor even said that the Spaniard wanted to offload Martinez as soon as possible.
On January 1st, Emery’s team will play again in the Premier League when they take on Tottenham. Three days later, they take against the Wolves.
According to reports from Spain, Emery wants to offload Martinez in January after being dissatisfied with his post-World Cup antics.
The French defender Adil Rami, who called the goalkeeper the “greatest s*** in football,” and international teammate Angel di Maria have both taken issue with the stopper’s actions.
After suffering their first Premier League loss under Emery, Villa is aiming to recover. But although Emery orchestrated a victory at Brighton, they have only succeeded once in eight efforts on the road this season.