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Merkel 'had Bundesliga offers'

New Watford midfielder Alexander Merkel says he turned down offers from Bundesliga clubs to join the Sky Bet Championship side.

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Alexander Merkel: Could have gone to Germany

Alexander Merkel: Could have gone to Germany

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The 21-year-old last week joined the Hornets on loan from Udinese for the rest of the season, dropping down a tier compared to the top flight of Italian football and saying it was "easier" for him to move to England than to Germany.

"I had offers from clubs in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga," Kazakhstan-born Merkel, who has represented Germany at youth levels, told Sport Bild magazine.

"But in view of the co-operation between Udinese and Watford, it was easier to take this step."

Watford have signed a number of players on loan in recent years from sister clubs Udinese and Spanish side Granada, all of whom are owned by Giampaolo Pozzo.

Former AC Milan and Genoa player Merkel will be looking to get his career back on track in England after losing his way in recent seasons.

After making his debut with Milan in 2010, a combination of injuries and bad form subsequently saw him struggle to hold down a first-team place at either Genoa or Udinese, leading to his switch to Watford.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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