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Why Watford pulled the plug on Mario Suarez deal

Watford, we gather, pulled out of a deal to reunite Mario Suarez with Quique Sanchez Flores because of the contractual demands of the player and his representative.

Sanchez Flores had recommended the name of the midfield technician to Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury, as he signed him at Atletico Madrid, but preliminary negotiations hit the buffers after it was made clear the Spain international, who turns 29 next month, wanted a five-year deal.

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Watford have a reputation for handing out five-year contracts like others dish out confetti but they are mainly to players who arrive on a free transfer, those with resale value and existing members of the squad.

The club, with some justification, are confident of at least a second season in the Premier League but they are prudent enough to know they do want to be saddling themselves with a sizeable contract for a player who turns 30 next year just in case things do not go to plan next season.

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They feel, we understand, there are midfielders of the same quality, if not better, and more of the age profile they are looking for. Abdoulaye Doucoure, 23, would have signed for Watford at the end of the summer had, as we exclusively reported at the time, he not opted against moving countries with his pregnant girlfriend.

“We are ready to support a little bit more this [midfield] position,” confirmed Sanchez Flores to us yesterday. Watford already have Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami and Adlène Guedioura who can fill the two holding midfield roles.

Picture by Paul Dawson
Picture by Paul Dawson

Suarez’s representatives will now continue to speak to other parties interested in prizing his client out of Italy.

“We are speaking with some clubs, four or five from England and some in Italy and Spain,” a spokesman for Manuel Garcia Quilon exclusively told WD Sport yesterday morning. “There is nothing right now and maybe we don’t do it for the moment.”

Quilon used to represent Sanchez Flores until 2011.

“He was my agent,” confirmed Watford’s head coach yesterday. “One day it’s finished. Not a problem. Sometimes you work with people and then, finally, it is the moment to say, ‘I move’.”