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‘The decision to let Mario Suarez leave Watford was mutual’

Walter Mazzarri said it was not a difficult decision to sanction Mario Suarez’s request for a move away from Vicarage Road.

Suarez, 29, was left out of the squad for the game with Southampton and although Mazzarri is known to have been impressed with the midfielder’s application in training, he could not see him fitting into his high energy and mobile midfield.

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“It was not difficult,” said the head coach. “As a manager I take a decision not to take him [to Southampton]. The player wanted to play more football so it was a decision from both sides. He has been a very professional player and I have a lot of respect for him. But the decision was mutual from the moment he did not fit in the starting XI.”

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Watford, who paid £4.5m for the player in January, will receive a loan fee from Valencia as well as a transfer fee should the La Liga giant exercise their option to buy.

“I have had a year that hasn’t gone very well, but thankfully I am where I want to be now and I am very motivated,” said Suarez. “My objective was to return to La Liga. It is even better that I can do this with Valencia, who have a very good project and a squad that can bring excitement to the fans and achieve big things.