However, the former Athletic Bilbao manager was shaken by Neymar deciding to leave, as were the club on an institutional level.
Today the French Football Federation, the FFF, confirmed that they have received the worldwide transfer certificate, which would pave the way for Neymar's debut.
After losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222m transfer, Barcelona are now struggling looking to replace him with a player of similar calibre, if not the same.
Phiri had a great debut last week as they beat Metz 3-1, but he knows that it will be a different ball game when they come up against Neymar and Co on Sunday afternoon.
Over the past seven days, national sports daily L'Equipe has devoted 37 pages of coverage to the Brazilian superstar's arrival in the French capital.
In the tiny Brittany town of Guingamp, with a population of around 7,000, tickets for the match have been changing hands for a king's ransom as the Stade du Rouduorou has a capacity of just over 17,000.
"The FFF and the French Professional Football League have finalised all administrative details, qualifying the Brazilian global to play for Les Rouge et Bleu immediately".
"Everything's going well, he's ready, he's showing a lot of good things and adapting very well with the squad", said Emery.
- Tottenham's Danny Rose is wanted by Manchester United, the Mirror claims, as Jose Mourinho has decided signing a new left-back is now an issue that needs resolving. It will make PSG a strong force, possessing one of the best attacking line-up in world football.
Once again, PSG's main rivals for domestic honours appear to be Monaco, who are desperately trying to hang on to rising star Kylian Mbappe in the face of serious interest from Real Madrid.
However club morale was boosted by Messi agreeing to sign a new contract this summer, extending his stay until 2021.