Soccer - Villa's Emery signs new five-year contract

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace v Aston Villa - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - May 19, 2024 Aston Villa manager Unai Emery Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

(Reuters) - Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has signed a new five-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2029, the Premier League side said on Monday, a month after the Spaniard signed a three-year contract with the club.

Emery, who joined in 2022, led Villa to their first top-four Premier League finish since 1995-96, earning them a place in Europe's top competition for the first time since 1981-82, while also reaching the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

"We are building something special here at Aston Villa with Unai at its core," chairman Nassef Sawiris said in a statement.

"I am very happy to take this step and the responsibility of leading this club," Emery said.

"There's a great chemistry in Aston Villa... we are really excited to continue this journey with no limits to our dreams," he added.

(Reporting by Chiranjit Ojha in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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