Posted on July 02, 2016

Unai Emery has signed a two-year contract with Paris St Germain with an option for an additional season, the Ligue 1 champions said.

The 44-year-old Spaniard joins from Sevilla, having guided the Spanish club to a third consecutive Europa League title. He replaces Laurent Blanc, who had parted company with PSG after three seasons in charge. "It is with great pride that I agreed to become the Paris St Germain coach," Emery said in a statement. "The club has become one of the biggest in Europe over the past few seasons and I am both happy and honoured to be able to help realise its great ambitions."

The former Real Sociedad midfielder, who started his coaching career in 2004, coached Valencia from 2008 to 2012 before taking over at Sevilla in 2013. Blanc departed officially on Monday. His future at PSG had appeared in jeopardy since club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi this month described the 2015-16 season as a failure because of the club's elimination from the Champions League by Manchester City. PSG achieved their second successive domestic treble by winning Ligue 1, the French Cup and the League Cup, but Champions League progress stagnated as they lost in the quarter-finals for the fourth successive season.

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"Honestly, I think we failed this season despite winning domestic trophies," Al-Khelaifi, in charge since Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011 and spent vast sums of money on new players, told daily Le Parisien earlier this month. "We did not reach our goal so this is a bad season. I have been here for five years and it is the first time that we have this feeling of failure." Al-Khelaifi pin-pointed the Champions League defeat by Manchester City as his worst moment since he became president. PSG had been favourites but lost 3-2 on aggregate.

"It's not just the fact that we lost in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it's the way it happened," he said. "I am very disappointed. I did not feel there was pressure before the City games. This elimination is the worst moment since I have been in Paris. Two hours before the return leg I knew we were going to lose. I did not feel the players were ready... Whose fault is this?" With talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic gone, and set to join Manchester United, Al-Khelaifi hinted at a change in the club's recruitment policy.

"We're going to recruit players who will bring more to the team, he said. "At the beginning we needed players to develop our image. Now we need players who are ready to die for the club and for that shirt." Emery was tied with Sevilla until June 2017 but negotiated a release from his contract. Sevilla have appointed former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli to replace him.

source: Arabian Business