From contract extensions to summer transfers, here are some of the top news headlines to come out of LaLiga this week.
The 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season may be over, but teams are now planning for next season. There have been several important developments in the past week. These range from coaching changes to contract extensions to confirmed transfers…
Unai Emery is back in LaLiga Santander
Villarreal announced Javi Calleja wouldn’t be continuing as head coach. The Yellow Submarine went out and hired Unai Emery to take over on a three-year deal. Emery is returning to LaLiga Santander! Emery enjoyed a lot of success at Valencia and Sevilla before stints in France and England with PSG and Arsenal.
Negredo commits to Cádiz
Spanish striker Álvaro Negredo is back in LaLiga Santander. The 34-year-old has signed with newly promoted Cádiz. The Andalusians will be the fourth team he’ll represent in Spain’s top division. He previously played for Almería, Sevilla and Valencia. Negredo was most recently with Al-Nasr in the UAE. He has also played for Manchester City in England and Besiktas in Turkey.
Shinji Okazaki renews with Huesca
After Huesca secured promotion back to Spain’s top tier, they have agreed to renew the contract of their top scorer Shinji Okazaki. The Japanese veteran scored 12 goals as Huesca finished 2019/20 as LaLiga SmartBank champions. He’ll now get to experience Spain’s top flight for the first time in his career.
Four teams win promotion to LaLiga SmartBank
LaLiga SmartBank will feature four new teams next season, all of which secured promotion through a playoff tournament held in southern Spain: Logroñes, Cartagena, Sabadell and Castellón will play in Spain’s second tier in 2020/21.