Sevilla extends Unai Emery’s contract after consecutive Europa League titles

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With Premier League and European rumors swirling, Sevilla has locked down its manager Unai Emery by tacking on another year to his contract, keeping him signed up through the summer of 2017, the club announced.

The 43-year-old has led the Spanish club to back-to-back Europa League titles, this season becoming the first to take advantage of the Champions League berth promised to the winner of its sister tournament.

Reports had linked Emery to the vacant West Ham job, open after Sam Allardyce parted ways with the club, with some saying he held talks with the club and listened to offers. There were also reports tabbing him to the Napoli position left open after Rafa Benitez departed for Real Madrid. He was also apparently an option for Madrid should their attempts to snatch Benitez from Serie A have failed.

Instead, the Spaniard remains for a third and possibly fourth season at Sevilla, where he has finished fifth in the La Liga table in each of his first two seasons. Before Sevilla, Emery managed Almeira, Valencia, and Spartak Moscow. In his two years at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, Emery has managed 142 games for Sevilla, already the fourth-most in club history.