Miguel Britos staying at Watford amid reports linking him with Cagliari

Reports of Miguel Britos moving to Cagliari is news to a source close to the player who has ruled out the prospect of the kingpin defender leaving Vicarage Road.

The claim, from a European footballer writer, that Britos was about to return to Italy just one year into a three-year contract at Watford was a bolt from the blue this evening, especially as Britos has worked under new Watford boss Walter Mazzarri at Napoli.

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Britos, 30, is one of the more low maintenance members of the squad and it is difficult to imagine his agent, Daniel Delgado, rocking the boat and linking his client with a move elsewhere, especially with Mazzarri coming in to replace Quique Sanchez Flores. “Never” was the reply when we asked a source close to the centre-back if there was a chance him moving to Cagliari.

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Britos got off to a rocky start to life at Watford after being sent off, for two yellow cards at Preston North End, but apart from a howler at home to Everton, he barely put a foot wrong after being integrated into the team at Stoke City, although his performances did tail off towards the end.

Graphic by David Anderson to illustrate how we rated Britos throughout the season
Graphic by David Anderson to illustrate how we rated Britos throughout the season

However, the way Britos redeemed himself following the night to forget at Deepdale was one of the stories of the campaign – and he proved a real hit with the fans, hence the surprise and shock of unfounded reports of him leaving.

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Britos has really adapted to life in England and immersed himself in the country, culture and learned the language. He quickly found an apartment for his wife and daughter, and imported his jeep from Naples. He likes the anonymity of living close to London after four years in Naples.

“Naples is a crazy football city, they live for football, for Napoli,” Britos said in an interview with The Independent in January. “You hear it on the radio and on 100 TV channels, every day they speak about Napoli. On the street everybody knows you, you cannot walk quietly, they want pictures. After four years, it is a bit tiring. I needed a change in my life, a different country, a different culture. I came here for that.”

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Britos, you guess, will be looking forward to being reunited with Mazzarri. He became a rock in Mazzarri’s Napoli side after joining from Bologna for €9m, winning the Coppa Italia in 2012 and helping them finish runners-up in Serie A the next season. Mazzarri is known to favour a three-man defence and with Britos, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban as the only senior centre-halves on the books, the club will be looking to add defenders – not get rid of them. To that end, Watford are working on a deal to bring Juan Jesus to Vicarage Road in what could be a club record deal. Click HERE in case you missed that story.