Reported ex-West Ham target Unai Emery: No offer came close to surpassing Sevilla

Unai Emery was linked to the West Ham United managerial vacancy before Slaven Bilic was appointed.

Recent West Ham United managerial target Unai Emery has told reporters that no offer came close to surpassing the option to extend his deal at current club Sevilla, the Spanish paper AS report.

Last month, the Turkish boss created history by retaining the Europa League crown with Sevilla and as such drew the attentions of a number of top European clubs.

Among those interested in his services were reportedly Premier League side West Ham, fresh from parting ways with former boss Sam Allarduce and keen to take the next step forward.

As per a report in the Mirror, the Hammers held talks with Emery after the highly-rated coach flew in to London to discuss the East Londoners’ upcoming project.

However, the former Valencia boss turned down a move to Upton Park and instead opted to sign a new contract at Sevilla, West Ham subsequently appointing former player and crowd-favourite Slaven Bilic.

Speaking to reporters on Friday over his new contract, Emery admits he had offers from a number of clubs but none came close to the prospect of leading Sevilla in the Champions League next season.

"My dream was to play in the Champions League with Sevilla. Since the day we won the second Europe League, I was sure Sevilla was my first option," Emery remarked.

"After everything was done, I had a week to reflect with my agent and listened to the offers on the table but there wasn’t a single opportunity which surpassed what I had already obtained with Sevilla."

Following their Europa League triumph, Sevilla join fellow La Liga clubs Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia as Spain’s representatives in next year’s edition of the Champions League.

While the Premier League is also an exciting proposition for foreign managers, the Hammers’ current status means it would have been incredibly tough for Emery to give up what he currently has at Sevilla.

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