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‘I am not sure Miguel Layun wanted to leave Watford’

Despite reported interest this week from Real Madrid and Watford’s need for at least one left-back this summer, Miguel Layun is certain to join Porto in a permanent deal this summer for a €6m transfer fee.

Quique Sanchez Flores, however, remains unsure whether the Mexican wanted to leave Vicarage Road, initially on a temporary basis, in August after he started two of the first four Premier League games, scoring in the opener at Everton.

“Layun is an amazing professional and a very good player,” Sanchez Flores told us this morning. “I wanted him to stay with us and I am not sure he wanted to move. The agent I think wanted to move the player. Layun wasn’t sure. I spoke to him before he left and he said he wanted to play in the Premier League with Watford.”

Picture plus main by Franziska Empl
Picture plus main by Franziska Empl

Yet on the final day of the summer transfer window Layun surprisingly joined Porto for a loan fee of €500,000. The Portuguese giants have the first option to sign him for a pre-agreed fee of €6m, which will be paid in two equal annual installments of €3m, according to the Football Leaks site.

“Things happened very quick,” Layun told WD Sport in December. “I spoke with my agent and we had a very good offer that came from Porto. I decided to come here. I do not regret any decision I take. It was a hard decision because it was very special for me to play in the Premier League, but things happen for a reason.”

Layun has scored four times and has assisted 18 goals for Porto this season, rendering a permanent deal almost certain.

“It doesn’t depend on us now,” Sanchez Flores said. “It is down to Porto and whether they want to use their clause.”

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Reports in Mexico emerged this week linking the utility player with a move to Real Madrid, supposedly to be back up for full-back Marcelo. Is he good enough to cut it alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez?

“Why not?” said Sanchez Flores. “Everything is possible when you are a serious professional. He is focused, he was technically good, he had power and was physically strong. When you have anything is possible.”