The news that confirmed summer target Pablo Sarabia has signed a new contract at Getafe has, we gather, not completely ended Watford’s interest in the Spanish playmaker.
Quique Sanchez Flores confirmed his admiration of Sarabia to us last month and talked about the club’s executives moving for him in the summer when he was due to become a free agent.
“He is a very good player,” said Sanchez Flores. “For the project of Watford, who are looking at younger players, he would be perfect.”
The 23-year-old has been Getafe’s headline act this season, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 19 La Liga matches to establish Sanchez Flores’ former team in mid table. Getafe moved to ensure they would not lose the forward, who has been capped at every youth level by Spain, for nothing in the summer by offering him a new contract, one that will run until 2019. Sarabia signed it this week.
“Pablo Sarabia has renewed his contract with Getafe for the next three seasons and will remain at the club until 2019,” the Spanish side confirmed in an official statement. “The player will therefore continue at Getafe after being at the club since the 2011-2012 season. Both the club and the player are very pleased to have reached this agreement.”
Contracts in Spain typically contain a buy-out option and Sarabia’s representative may have insisted certain clauses were included in the new agreement. Fabian Delph, for example, signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Aston Villa in January last year. Six months later he joined Manchester City.
The signing of Mario Suarez, who played for the national team in March, will have grabbed headlines in Spain and added to Watford’s growing reputation in La Liga and its pull among leading players there. Emerging from the Real Madrid youth system, Sarabia is one of the shining lights in La Liga and was part of the Spain squad, featuring David De Gea, Isco and Thiago, who won the European Under-21 Championship in 2013.