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Emery confirms he will not leave Villarreal to join Newcastle United******
MADRID, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Villarreal coach Unai Emery confirmed on Wednesday that he will be remaining at the Spanish club and will not return to the Premier League to coach Newcastle United.
Emery, who led Villarreal to last season's Europa League title, had emerged as the favorite to be named as the new coach at the club which was recently the subject of a big money Saudi Arabian led takeover.
Following his side's Champions League win over Yong Boys on Tuesday, he even commented that he had "not said no" to Newcastle, even though he explained that he had not received a formal offer from the English club.
Whether or not he did speak to representatives of Newcastle now appears irrelevant after he published a letter affirming his loyalty to Villarreal, who he joined in July 2020.
"For all the noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family (Villarreal's owners), that for me is most important."
"Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club, but am also even more grateful to stay here, and I have communicated to (Villarreal President) Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project and for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players, it is mutual and reciprocated."
"I also want to show gratitude for the love and support that has always been shown to me. This Sunday, we have a very important game and I hope that, together, we can achieve victory. We will see you in the Estadio Ceramica," wrote Emery.
Club president Roig had been asked about Emery's future on Tuesday and showed his confidence the coach would remain at the club.
"I'm sure that his mind is not drifting elsewhere. I know Unai has a contract with us and contracts are there to be fulfilled. We hope that we will be able to see that contract through until the end," he commented.
Meanwhile Newcastle will continue their search for a man to try and lead them out of the bottom three of the Premier League with former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe emerging as a new candidate. Enditem
Riyadh Season to feature Maradona Cup between Barcelona and Boca Juniors******
RIYADH, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia's second edition of its Riyadh Season will play host to a football event called the Maradona Cup on December 14.
The event, which is a tribute to Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, will see Spanish side FC Barcelona take on Argentina's Boca Juniors, both of whom Maradona played for.
The Riyadh Season will also host another football match in January 2022 between French giants Paris Saint-Germain and a team comprising players from Saudi clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr.
The 2021 Riyadh Season, which began on October 20 with a parade, aims to attract a diverse audience with more than 7,000 events, including music, arts, theater, food and sports.
The season, part of initiatives to promote diversity in the kingdom, will continue until March 2022 and the various activities are held in an area spanning 5.4 million square meters throughout 14 different zones in Riyadh.
Cardona guides Boca Juniors to rout of Aldosivi******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Colombia international midfielder Edwin Cardona scored one goal and set up another as Boca Juniors won 3-0 at Aldosivi in Argentina's Primera Division on Monday.。
Ezequiel Almendra struck a 16th-minute opener, heading home from close range after his own 17-yard drive rebounded off the crossbar.。
Cardona doubled the lead in the 71st minute with a cool first-time finish after Sebastian Villa's shot was parried away by goalkeeper Jose Devecchi.。
Boca completed the rout in the first minute of stoppage time when Cardona's superb 25-yard through ball released Villa, who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped in from point-blank range.。
The result leaves Boca sixth in the 26-team standings with 33 points from 20 matches, 13 points behind leaders River Plate. Aldosivi are 22nd with 21 points. Enditem。