Why Unai Emery Signed Two New Contracts With Aston Villa in One Month

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Unai Emery penned down a new long-term contract with Aston Villa on Monday, May 27, 2024.

Aston Villa club statement, announcing the new deal confirmed the 55-year-old has signed a new five-year contract with the club till 2029.

“Aston Villa are thrilled to announce Manager Unai Emery has agreed a new five-year contract,” The Villains club statement reads.

Notably, Unai Emery’s new contract with the Aston-based outfit came a month after the former Arsenal had penned down a three-year contract with the club.

The previous contract, which has now been eroded with the current deal, would have seen the Spaniard stay with the Villains till 2027.

This new offer will extend Unai Emery’s Aston Villa spell till 2029 and could see the Europa League winner ace a seven-year run in the dugout at Villa Park.

Why Unai Emery signed two contracts in one month

Aston Villa struck gold with the signing of Unai Emery as manager. The former PSG manager joined the club in 2022 when they were 16th on the Premier League table, 2 places above the relegation zone.

At the end of the campaign, the Spaniard’s tactical acumen and technical finesse saw him lead the club to their first European campaign in decades as they finished 7th in the Premier League.

In the just-concluded 2023-24 Premier League campaign, the story has not been different. It is a hugely improved performance by the Villains under the watch of Emery. They finished 4th on the Premier League table to secure Champions League football for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

While Aston Villa were ready to keep Unai Emery, it is believed the club decided to tweak the duration of the new deal for a longer term after he successfully qualified the club for Champions League football next season.

At the time, he signed the previous three-year contract, Aston Villa were yet to secure a Champions League slot with Tottenham Hotspur strongly contesting for the last UCL slot then.

With the top-four slot sealed after the end of the campaign, the club’s hierarchy deemed it necessary to tie the high-performing manager to another new contract.

Additionally, Fabrizio Romano revealed the new contract came with a more improved terms and increased wages for the Spaniard.

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