Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze will have a new manager at Villarreal after the La Liga side appointed former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as their new manager on a three-year deal.
Emery, 48, succeeds Javi Calleja, who left the club despite a fifth-place finish that secured a Europa League spot.
The Spaniard brings a wealth of experience to La Ceramica having previously managed Sevilla and Valencia in the Spanish top flight, as well as Paris St-Germain in France.
He won three successive Europa Leagues with Seville and a Ligue 1 title with PSG.
His last managerial position saw him take over from Arsene Wenger at English giants Arsenal in 2018 and he led the Gunners to the final of the Europa League and a fifth-place finish in the league in his debut season.
He was, however, sacked midway into his second season last November following a difficult start to the season which saw the Gunners embark on their worst run without a victory for 27 years. He has been without a club since.
Chukwueze will hope to fare much better under Emery than international teammate Alex Iwobi who the Spaniard sold to Everton as Arsenal manager.
While he didn’t hit the heady heights of his debut season, Chukwueze was instrumental in the Yellow Submarines’ push for European football and helped his side secure Europa League qualification with three goals and five assists in 37 La Liga games.
Chukwueze who was nominated for the 2019 Kopa Trophy has been linked with a host of Europe’s heavyweights and it remains to be seen if Emery will have the fortune of counting on the 21-year-old for next season.