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Champions League kept me at Sevilla, says Emery

AFP , Sunday 28 Jun 2015
Unai Emery
Unai Emery (Photo: Reuters)
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Sevilla coach Unai Emery rejected offers from Napoli and West Ham and extended his contract with the Europa League winners to compete in the Champion League next season, he said Sunday.

"Which coach or player has the possibility to play in the finals? Few. I start training on July 6 and I already have the European Super cup against Barcelona," he said in an interview published in daily El Pais.

"And then we will play in the Champions. Sevilla gives me this possibility. Moreover, we have managed to create a culture of work at all levels.

"Napoli offered me a project with economic strength but without the Champions. And I had a nice option from West Ham, a very sizeable economic," he added without giving further details.

Emery signed a one-year contract extension with Sevilla on June 5 after leading them to the Europa League title for a second straight year.

As Europa League champions, Sevilla will automatically play in the Champions League next season.

The 43-year-old held talks with West Ham and Napoli and had also been talked about as a possible replacement at Real Madrid after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, but Real decided to go with Rafa Benitez.

Emery joined the club in January 2013 and has led them to consecutive fifth-place finishes in La Liga in addition to their European success.

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