Unai Emery is apparently all lined up to take up the Villarreal job this summer as it seems he’s away back to La Liga.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal looks dejected as he walks past the Europa League Trophy after collecting his runners up medal following his team's defeat in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal looks dejected as he walks past the Europa League Trophy after collecting his runners up medal following his team’s defeat in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

According to a report in Superdeporte, Emery was all lined up to take over Santi Cazorla’s former club when their form rapidly turned around.

The talks between Emery and Villarreal took place during the pandemic lock down. The players, obviously hearing about them, decided to pull their finger out and play for their current coach, Javier Calleja.

Villarreal's Spanish coach Javier Calleja looks on prior to the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and Villarreal CF at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on December 15, 2019. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)
Villarreal’s Spanish coach Javier Calleja looks on prior to the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and Villarreal CF at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on December 15, 2019. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

They’ve won six games since football returned in Spain, losing only to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Real Sociedad. They’ve also qualified for the Europa League.

However, Calleja, the report continues, doesn’t know if he will continue on himself. ‘Emery is waiting,’ they write.

Superdeporte also state that AS believe there to be a pre-contract in place between Emery and Villarreal but they are unable to confirm or deny that claim.

“In any case,” Superdeporte conclude, “the reality is that talks have existed, Emery is waiting and looking forward to returning to LaLiga Santander and at La CerĂ¡mica, he likes the figure of the Hondarribia coach a lot.

“Even more after having talked about the possible future project for 2020/21.”