NSWE to back Unai Emery in Aston Villa transfer blitz as 'unbelievable' Emi Martinez exit verdict shared
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Alan Hutton suggests Aston Villa may not need to sell Emi Martinez this summer because owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are likely to pump money into the squad.
NSWE have regularly backed managers in their time as Villa owners and Hutton doubts that this summer will be any different after the success Emery achieved in the Premier League this season.
Villa qualified for the Europa Conference League with a seventh-placed finish, something which Hutton believes could also help the Villans in their bid to keep hold of star goalkeeper Martinez.
“I think Emery will be backed [financially by the owners] regardless if I’m totally honest,” Hutton told Villa News.
“The owners have done that since day one, whatever manager’s been there they’ve been backed and they’ve been able to bring players in. I don’t see that changing.
“If you look at it, they’ve brought in an elite manager who’s done exactly what he set out to do so they now have to back him.
“I don’t see that being a problem but Emi Martinez has had an unbelievable season both internationally and with Aston Villa. They’re now in Europe and it might not be the competition he wants to play in. But at the end of the day, you’re still playing in Europe.
“If you kick on from this and bring the right players in, who knows what could happen next season?”
Speculation surrounding Martinez’s future at Villa Park has certainly quietened down since the club’s form picked up under Emery.
After winning the World Cup with Argentina in Qatar, the 30-year-old former Arsenal goalkeeper was linked with the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United [TyC Sports].
The Daily Mail reported on 21 February that Aston Villa would listen to offers for Martinez this summer to help fund a summer rebuild but based on Hutton’s prediction that the owners will pump cash into the club, that sale may not be required.
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