Unai Emery makes ‘ambitious’ transfer point to Aston Villa and explains what new signings should have

A strong mind and a good mentality are the most important traits Unai Emery always looks for when signing a new player, as the Aston Villa boss outlines his intentions this summer.

VIlla chief executive Christian Purslow has already stressed to supporters that the club will be “extremely busy” when the summer transfer window opens. Owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens will give head coach Emery exactly what he needs in terms of funds and personnel, as the Basque aims to win a trophy while also bringing European nights back to Villa Park.

However, Emery was impressed with most of the group he inherited from Steven Gerrard in October. Emi Martínez, Tyrone Mings, Douglas Luiz, Boubacar Kamara and Ollie Watkins will continue to be great players for next season. However, a pinch of real quality and pedigree will be added to Villa’s squad in pre-season with Villa continually being linked with the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Nico Williams and Pedro Goncalves.

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When asked about signing high-caliber players, Emery replied: “I respect a lot of players (at Villa) first. We have very good players, but I am very demanding and I am trying to be clinical in my analysis to get players with skills; good mind, strong mind, good mentality, and then the adaptation here will be quick. My decision is very important with the club, and we are on this path.

“Adding players to improve this squad is also demanding. Looking ahead to next summer, we can be optimistic about how we can improve the squad with some players in certain positions. We will be ambitious but also realistic for the next step for the next season and the years to come.”

Emery, 51, added: “I’ve had it all. In Villarreal, Seville, PSG too. I have spent a lot of money and have had different players with different coaching experiences with the clubs.

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