PSG and Manchester City are good news for football - Unai Emery

PSG and Manchester City are good news for football - Unai Emery
From ESPN - February 8, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has declared his belief that his team and Premier League leaders Manchester City's growing prominence in European football is good for the game.

The Ligue 1 leaders prised Brazilian superstar Neymar away from Barcelona for 222 million last summer and also managed to beat Real Madrid to the 180m signing of Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, two traditional continental powerhouses, and Emery believes supporters should be "grateful" for the emergence of new powers.

"Real and Barca wanted Kylian," the Spaniard told Marca. "However, PSG have the muscle to keep him at PSG and I think the transfer happened for sporting reasons and not financial ones -- that is something new in this new European order."

"The [traditional] clubs see their kingdom under threat [from PSG] and City, who are a team with new-found financial capacity. I think this is good for football, that there are these new teams. Everyone should be grateful."

Ahead of next week's Champions League round-of-16 first leg away at Real, Emery praised Neymar's decision to join PSG and expressed his happiness at being able to coach the 26-year-old.

"It is true, Neymar was born to be a superstar," he said. "I have never had a player like him and I am grateful to coach him.

"Neymar has made a sporting choice, to leave his comfort zone with Barcelona, and he now must earn respect here. He has the desire, he is hungry.

"PSG are lucky to have Neymar and Neymar is lucky to be here, in a team with all the conditions necessary to shine individually and achieve things collectively at the same time."

Asked how he handles Neymar, Emery responded that he is not a difficult character and that their regular interactions are productive.

"Attention -- he has plenty of heart and all of our discussions are always positive," the former Sevilla coach said. "He always tells me that he came here to help, with humility.


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