Unai Emery rules himself out of the race to become Newcastle's new manager

Villarreal's Head coach Unai Emery during spanish La Liga match between Valencia cf and Villarreal CF at Mestalla Stadium on March 5, 2021.

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has announced he will not become the next Newcastle United manager.

This comes amid reports that Emery was the newly-taken-over club's number one choice for the role - and that they were hopeful to appoint him before the end of the week.

And Emery confirmed the Magpies' interest following Villarreal's Champions League win over Young Boys on Tuesday.

But, in a post on his official Twitter account, Emery wrote: "No matter how much noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there was transparency and loyalty with the Roig family and with my squad, which is maximum and for me it is the most important thing.

"Villarreal CF is my home and I am 100 percent committed," he continued.

Unai Emery of Villarreal CF looks on during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Villarreal CF and BSC Young Boys at Estadio de la Ceramica on November 02, 2021 in Villarreal, Spain.

"Honestly, I am grateful for the interest of a great club, but even more grateful to be here and that is why I communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue being part of this project because of the commitment and respect that I perceive from the club and from my players, which is mutual and reciprocal."

The hunt for Steve Bruce's successor continues.

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