By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

12th Nov, 2023 | 9:40am

Aston Villa told to finalise new Unai Emery contract as soon as possible as 'whispers' emerge at Villa Park

We’re delighted to welcome former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Villa Park…

Alan Hutton doesn’t want Aston Villa to wait until the end of the season to sort out a new contract for manager Unai Emery.

The 52-year-old has done a tremendous job in his first 12 months at Villa Park but his fine work has seen him linked with other big jobs in the Premier League with the Spaniard’s name cropping up in discussions about Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United [talkSPORT].

Speaking to Villa News on 5 November, Sky Sports journalist Dan Bardell revealed there have been whispers about a new contract being offered to Emery by Aston Villa once the season is over.

Bardell admitted he was “surprised” that nothing has been done sooner to secure Emery’s future at Villa Park.

Hutton also believes his former club shouldn’t wait around. However, he does admit that it could be the ex-Arsenal boss’ decision to delay any talks until next summer.

“I’d rather they just went and got it done,” Hutton told Villa News.

He’s been a revelation since coming to the club. He got them into Europe after everything that happened before, the recruitment’s been brilliant and behind the scenes, they seem to be in a good place.

I would like to see [a new contract] get done as soon as possible while they’re going in the right direction.

Whether this comes down to the manager saying he wants to concentrate on what he’s doing at this moment in time and he doesn’t really have that extra time to discuss contracts. I know a lot of people – players, managers – are like that; they want the season done and over so they can talk about that.

It could possibly be that but for me personally, I’d like to see him sign now.”

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