After running numerous Spanish clubs in the past before significant effects such as Valencia and Sevilla, the experienced technician has had spells overseas with the likes of Arsenal and PSG, an experience that did not always go entirely according to plan, but which he felt added a lot to him both personally and professionally.

Mbappe wanted to move to Real Madrid

Unai Emery returned to Spain as head coach of Villarreal. Still, former PSG boss made some exciting revelations about his time in the French capital, mentioning that star striker Kylian Mbappe has a long history on the move to Real Madrid. After running numerous Spanish clubs in the past before significant effects such as Valencia and Sevilla, the experienced technician has had spells overseas with the likes of Arsenal and PSG, an experience that did not always go entirely according to plan, but which he felt added a lot to him both personally and professionally. “My experience abroad has always given me very positive things, but back home, allowing you to have things more in control. In Spain, I have no language barrier,” he told reporters.

Takefusa Kubo is Emery’s one of key man

“I am not very aware of what is being said about me. With Villarreal, expectations are not as high as the Gunners or the Parisians. Still, a top-four challenge is on the list for a Villarreal side, which earned Europa League qualifications last campaign. “The difficulty of being in the top four is very great, but we have this dream. Playing in the Europa League can thrill us on a beautiful path”. One of his key men in this campaign is likely to be Real Madrid’s loanee, Takefusa Kubo. The Japanese teenager was snapped by the Yellow Submarine on a temporary deal but only performed for 80 minutes through six LaLiga starting matches.

“He’s in the process of adapting,” Emery said of the Japanese starlet. “This Thursday in the Europa League, he may have a chance. He is 19 years old; he has to be patient”. Real Madrid have a long history with Mbappe’s move. And Emery revealed that the French World Cup winner had Los Blancos on his mind when he was coach of the Ligue 1 champions. “When I was in Paris, Mbappe was seriously thinking about moving to Real Madrid because he likes them. He was thrilled to play for Madrid,” said Emery. “I didn’t want him to leave. So I had a conversation with him and his father to convince him that he should stay, leaving PSG is not easy.”