Emery: I leave Valencia with a sense of satisfaction and gratitude

The outgoing Los Che boss says he will depart Mestalla pleased with the work he has done at the club, and thankful for the opportunity he has been given while at the helm
Unai Emery has spoken of his pride in coaching Valencia after the 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday marked the 41-year-old's last game in charge.

The Basque trainer will leave the Liga side at the end of the season after four years in their managerial hotseat, but his reign ended with a disappointing one-goal loss, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's winner.

After the encounter, Emery maintained to reporters that in spite of the loss, he would leave Valencia with a mix of "satisfaction and gratitude", but "left the door open" to shadowing his successor Mauricio Pellegrino.

Meanwhile, Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier described the victory as a "perfect night" at the Anoeta, which also marked the departure of captain Mikel Aranburu.

The 33-year-old will leave San Sebastian at the end of the season after making over 500 official appearances for his hometown club, as Montanier was also pleased to finish the campaign with 47 points.