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Emery in Everton talks but deal unlikely as ex-Arsenal coach targets Premier League return - sources

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Unai Emery has held talks with Everton and would be keen on a return to the Premier League although a deal now looks unlikely, sources have told ESPN.

The 48-year-old was sacked by Arsenal in November after 18 months in charge and a run of seven games without a win.

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Sources close to the coach have told ESPN that Emery was intrigued by the possibility of taking over at Everton and is open to the idea of taking another Premier League job.

He feels his communication skills in English improved during his time at Arsenal and the way his time there ended means he has a point to prove.

While his final weeks in north London were difficult, Emery enjoyed much of his time in the Premier League, relishing its atmosphere and history, which was key to Everton's appeal.

There was no formal offer from the Merseyside club, however, and they are likely to appoint a different candidate.

Emery is eager to get back to work and has already received multiple job offers. He will maintain his home in north London for the time being, dividing his time between the UK and Spain.

The Premier League is far from his only possible destination and sources have told ESPN there are a number of La Liga clubs the Spanish coach would consider.

Emery has an impressive track record in Spain where he remains highly rated, having guided Valencia to three consecutive third-placed finishes before winning three Europa League titles in a row with Sevilla.

His spells at Paris Saint-Germain and then Arsenal were more mixed, with the Gunners finishing fifth last season, a point off the Champions League places, and beaten comfortably by Chelsea in the Europa League final.