Abdoulaye Doucoure: ‘Watford wanted me for a while. I quickly agreed with them’

Abdoulaye Doucoure says it “is a dream” to join a Premier League club and spoken of how Watford provides the next logical step in his hugely promising career.

Watford are on the verge of announcing the France Under-21 midfielder has signed a long-term deal for what is being widely reported as a club record fee. As we reported this morning, Doucoure will be sent on loan to one of the two other European clubs owned by the Pozzos, with Granada the likely destination.

It has perplexed many fans that Watford, in beating Liverpool for his signature, would eclipse what they paid for both Etienne Capoue and Nordin Amrabat only to loan the player out for the second half of the season. We can reveal the chance to sign Doucoure has come six months earlier than expected and Quique Sanchez Flores has settled on his midfield formula and does not want to disrupt his carefully thought out plans, and spend more time integrating another player, with Watford in the midst of the cup run and still mathematically short of securing Premier League safety. The head coach is also loyal and wants to repay the patience shown by Valon Behrami and Adlène Guedioura.


“This is a club that follows me long ago,” said Doucoure in an interview with today. “They already wanted me last summer. It was not done. They returned to the charge this winter. I quickly agreed with them. Then I waited for the two clubs to close. The Premier League to me is a dream. It is an attractive championship and a great opportunity in my career. Rennes will remain my first club. I spent great years. It is a small twinge from me but I think I’ve done my time. Watford is a new step for me.”