Emery talks Conference League qualification and Mbappe decision

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Unai Emery has shared his thoughts on Villarreal’s season, while also weighing in on the Kylian Mbappe debate.

Villarreal secured qualification for Europe on Sunday, beating Barcelona on the final La Liga weekend thanks to goals from Alfonso Pedraza and Moi Gomez.

The Yellow Submarine finished seventh, sending them to the Conference League.

And while that’s not how they would have wanted to go into the season, the compromise was worth it, with the Yellows reaching the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time in their history.

Next season Villarreal and Emery will get their first taste of the Conference League, which only started this season.

And Emery has now spoken about the competition, and even about his team qualifying for it.

Emery is happy with Villarreal’s season
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“A European tournament. It’s something that, on a sentimental level, the fact that I could lose it would have affected me since I had been playing in Europe for 14 years,” he said.

“Europe gives you another dimension. The Conference – we haven’t found its value yet – but this year the final will be Feyenoord and Romewe already know that.

“Villarreal started playing in the Intertoto! I am particularly happy with the season. And when it has rained, you wait for the sun again.

Emery was asked about Mbappe, a player he worked with at PSG.

Mbappe seemed destined to join real Madrid this summer before signing a new mega contract to stay at PSG until at least 2025.

“It’s very personal,” Emery said. “I have a lot of respect for the boy, but he (the decision) came very late.

“The timing has not been good for football.”


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