'I'm not closing any doors': Unai Emery admits he could depart Villarreal to take over at Newcastle - who are in line to trigger his £6m buyout clause
- Unai Emery spoke after Villarreal's Champions League win over Young Boys
- The 2-0 triumph could prove to be his last game in charge of the Spanish club
- Newcastle have been looking for a manager since they sacked Steve Bruce
- Their new Saudi-led regime hope to conclude a deal for Emery in next 48 hours
Unai Emery hinted strongly that he will leave Villarreal if Newcastle meet his release clause.
Speaking after Villarreal’s win over Young Boys he said: ‘They (Newcastle) have told me that they are interested in me. But there has been no offer to the club and I have been focussed on this game.
‘If there is an offer it has to be the club. If there is an offer then I will talk to (Villarreal President Fernando) Roig. I would consult with them and it would have to fulfil certain requisites.
Unai Emery hinted that he could leave Villarreal for Newcastle United this week
Emery was speaking after guiding Villarreal to a Champions League win over Young Boys
Asked if he would rule out Newcastle he said: ‘I’m not closing or opening any doors’.
Newcastle are hoping to appoint the former Arsenal boss before Saturday's trip to Brighton, with Sportsmail understanding that the 49-year-old has told Toon director Amanda Staveley that he wants the job.
Negotiations are expected to take place on Wednesday and he could meet the Newcastle players as early as Thursday.
Training will be put back until the afternoon if necessary. There is still a chance that the process could run beyond the weekend, in which case it is hoped he will be watching his new team from the stands at the Amex Stadium at least.
Amanda Staveley (right) and the club's Saudi-led consortium hope to conclude a deal before the weekend's Premier League encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcastle are languishing down in 19th after failing to win any of their opening ten matches
Sportsmail reported on October 14 that Emery was on the shortlist to replace Steve Bruce, with a buyout clause in the region of £6million.
We understand talks accelerated during a series of Zoom calls on Sunday, and Staveley believes she has now got her man to lead the team out of the relegation zone.
The co-owner has led the managerial search and has sought references from key figures within Arsenal, as well as other clubs he has managed.
It is thought she was impressed by his passion for the role and, crucially, his proven track record in organising teams from a defensive perspective.
The Magpies have been without a manager since Steve Bruce was sacked on October 20
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