Midfielder urged to reject £40m transfer to a top-six club

Watford manager Javi Gracia has urged Abdoulaye Doucoure to reject a move to one of the Premier League’s top six this summer.

The Frenchman has had an excellent season for the Hornets, scoring seven goals and providing two assists in the Premier League, form which has attracted the attentions of virtually every club in the top six.

Watford showed last year that they are willing to keep their key assets at the club, when try revisited Everton’s fairly hefty compensation package for the services of Marco Silva. Although, with figures of up to £40 million being touted for Doucoure, it would be hard for them to turn down such a figure and keep the player against his will.

Recently appointed Watford boss Javi Gracia has meanwhile urged the 25-year-old to stay at Vicarage Road:

“Doucoure is playing for a very big team, and playing in the Premier League, and in the future I would like him to play with Watford in Europe,” Gracia said.

“Maybe in the future he can play with other big clubs who play in the Champions League.

“But what I feel at this moment is that all of our players are proud to belong at this club. They are concentrated on the next match and trying to put the team as high in the table as possible.”

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