Younes Kaboul said he spoke to Etienne Capoue and Costel Pantilimon before joining Watford from Sunderland.
Kaboul played with Capoue at Tottenham and with Pantilimon at Sunderland for the first half of last season — and they were a factor in his decision to sign a three-year contract at Vicarage Road.
“I spoke to them and they was very positive about the development of the club so that made me move with more confidence,” Kaboul told the club website after signing a three-year deal. “I can see from the outside it’s a family club and there are some good players here. They had a very good season last season so we need to carry on in this way and do even better.”
Kaboul is certain to start tomorrow against Gillingham in the EFL Cup as Walter Mazzarri bids to get him up to speed ahead of the game with Arsenal on Saturday.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “I was ready to play [on Saturday] but I wasn’t registered but there is a game on Tuesday so let’s hope I can play then. I plan to give my best and bring my experience. Of course I need to train first with my new teammates but I’m looking forward to that.”
Kaboul admitted he left the Stadium of Light with something of a heavy heart, with personal reasons behind his return move south.
“When the interest came, it was not an easy choice, to be fair. I had a great time at Sunderland. I’ve experienced a very good season there but I made a choice and now I’m looking forward to the season here and joining my new teammates.”