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Unai Emery has signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa

Aston Villa coach Unai Emery has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

The Spanish tactician took Villa to fourth place in the Premier League this season, securing the Champions League for the first time since 1983.

There has been steady progress in the Midlands since Emery arrived in 2022.

In the 2022-23 campaign, he won European football for the first time in 13 years and moved them from 17th to seventh in the table.

Speaking after signing his new deal, he said: “I am very excited to take this step and the responsibility of leading this club.

“Since I came to the Villa with Wes [Edens] and Nassef [Sawiris] we have always found the best location and structure to develop a highly ambitious project.

“The whole football structure with Monchi and Damian [Vidagany] and the owners, we share the same vision and the same goals.

“There is good chemistry at Aston Villa. And the fan support part also makes a difference to make you feel at home.

“We are very excited to continue this journey with no limits to our dreams.”

Villa were considered title contenders until Christmas, but were relegated due to the demands of competing in the Europa Conference League.

While they lost in the semi-finals to Olympiacos, all was forgotten a week later as they confirmed their place in the top flight next term.

It's going to be a busy summer at Villa Park and Emery will be out on contract until 2029.

Fans and staff are happy with the work the 52-year-old has been doing and chairman Nassef Sawiris is looking forward to the future.

He added: “We are building something special here at Aston Villa with Unai at the heart of it and we are delighted that he has signed a new contract with the club until 2029.

“As we enter our milestone year, our 150th anniversary, we have a lot to look forward to with Unai at the helm.”

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