Andy Goldstein maintains Unai Emery stance after signing new Aston Villa contract

TalkSPORT presenter and Manchester United supporter Andy Goldstein has retained the belief that Unai Emery would still leave Aston Villa for Old Trafford - DESPITE just signing a new five-year contract at Villa Park. Emery penned a new long-term agreement with Villa on Monday which runs until 2029 and reflects the Spaniard's intention to try and achieve the grand ambitions of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

Emery has already transformed Villa as a club on the field; steering them away from the relegation peril which threatened the club during the final days of Steven Gerrard's tenure, he guided the squad to European football by the end of his first season. Emery went one, or two, better last season, his first full campaign in charge, as Villa secured Champions League football for 2024-25.

It is NSWE's plan for Villa to mix it with the best at home and in Europe over an extensive period of time, and to upset the order of the Premier League which has been welcomingly disrupted already by Villa and Newcastle United in recent seasons. Emery has, by signing the new and improved contract, declared that he is all in on delivering those aims, at a time when United have cut a comparably sorry figure.

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The Red Devils under Erik ten Hag clinched the FA Cup at the expense of city rivals and champions City at Wembley on Saturday, but they finished eighth in the league - four positions and eight points beneath Villa, who'll be sitting at the table of the premier continental competition next season. Still, Goldstein thinks Emery would switch clubs if Ten Hag found himself out of a job and United were left hunting a new manager.

"When we were talking about Unai Emery towards the end of the season, I said on the show that he'll go to Man United," Goldstein said on talkSPORT on Monday. "If Man United were to come in for him, he'll go to Man United. Then Villa got top four and they announced that they were going to give him a new deal and it's just been confirmed he's got a new five-year deal.

"I got hammered, and I probably will on the back of this news, on social media. I stand by it - if Man United went in for him, he would leave, is my view. A five-year deal doesn't mean anything."

Goldstein's co-presenter and former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy considers Villa's move to tie Emery down to fresh terms a 'huge statement' made by the club, as he complimented Emery on the highly successful campaign he oversaw.

"It is a hands off," Cundy added. "He has done a remarkable job. It's incredible what he's done there and he's shown his true quality, but another challenge is ahead next season with Champions League football. They should really have won the Conference League, but it's a reward - a five-year contract is a huge statement."