Boss discusses £40m Arsenal, Liverpool target’s future

Date published: Friday 30th March 2018 8:24 - Matthew Stead

Abdoulaye Doucoure can achieve his European ambitions with Watford instead of Arsenal or Liverpool.

Javi Gracia feels that Watford is the perfect platform for the midfielder to realise his hopes of playing in Europe.

Doucoure says that a move to Liverpool would be a “dream”, amid speculation of the Reds lining up a £40million move.

Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked with the midfielder, who has impressed for the Hornets this season.

But Gracia has poured cold water on any speculation.

“Doucoure is playing for a very big team, playing in the Premier League and in the future I would like him to play with Watford in Europe,” Gracia said.

“Maybe in the future he can play with other big clubs who play in the Champions League.

“But what I feel at this moment is that all of our players are proud to belong at this club. They are concentrated on the next match and trying to put the team as high in the table as possible.

“I don’t know his situation at the moment. He feels happy playing for Watford, and I wish he will play with us for a long time, but the player decides what is best for his future.

“Doucoure knows he is important, not for me, but for the club and his team-mates. I am only focused on the next seven games and I am sure Doucoure will help us with his best attitude until the end of the season.

“Then we will see what happens, but I would like for him to stay with us for a long time.”


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