New Watford signing Brice Dja Djedje says he turned down an offer from the Bundesliga and spoke to Andre Ayew and Walter Mazzarri before agreeing to join the Hornets on a four-year contract.
We understand the 25-year-old right-back is due imminently in Austria to join up with his new teammates after Watford agreed to pay Marseille £4m for the Ivory Coast born defender.
“I had other proposals, yes, even a German club, but I preferred to sign for Watford because this is a good club,” he said in an interview with L’Equipe. “I will find some former players of Ligue 1 and because it allows me to set foot in the Premier League. I spoke with Andre Ayew but didn’t tell him exactly where I was going to sign. Clubs of the big four were already watching me when I was in France. I had discussed with the coach [Walter Mazzarri], who also wanted me to sign when he was at Napoli (2009 to 2013).
“I feel with him I can continue to progress. He wants to play his 3-5-2 team, this is a system that suits me well because we played in a slightly similar way with Marcelo [Bielsa, the former Marseille coach].”