Unai Emery fires warning to Aston Villa squad after contract extension

Aston Villa extended Unai Emery's contract earlier this week
Aston Villa extended Unai Emery's contract earlier this week -Credit:Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Unai Emery has warned his players they must continue to demand the best of themselves to stay part of his Aston Villa project.

The 52-year-old agreed a one-year contract extension with the club earlier this week, committing his future until 2027. But it is believed Villa will sit down with Emery to discuss longer terms in the summer.

Villa are gunning for Champions League qualification this season as they currently occupy fourth position with four games remaining. Emery's side are also hoping to end the club's 28-year wait for silverware by winning the Europa Conference League having made it to the semi-finals by overcoming Lille on penalties.

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"When I arrived here, I signed for three-years-and-a-half," Emery told beIN Sports Asia. "I have spent one-year-and-a-half here and and in my contract there is a one-year activation for the club. Of course, I agreed.

"This week, the club activated it. I have three years left on my contract here and I want to continue my development as a coach with my coaches and the structure as well.

"Of course, the club gives me a lot of confidence to create a structure with people around me, coaches and workers. Then, with the players we have, they have been demanding.

"They have to deserve to continue being part of our project because their performance and their commitment to wish to play with desires to get something more with us in their career is everything I want.

"I want the players to be demanding themselves to develop and to be always determined to learn and be ambitious, trying to get trophies and a big commitment with Aston Villa. This is my objective with them as well."

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