Abdoulaye Doucoure
WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on December 29, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed he plans to leave Watford for a Champions League team.

The Frenchman’s performance has received plaudits from top teams during his two-and-a-half-year spell with the Hornets after scoring 11 league goals in 79 appearances.

But Doucoure shockingly declared he’s open to a move to a top side despite extending his deal to 2023.

And with those links gathering pace, Doucoure made his stance clear when featuring on French television show Canal Football Club on Sunday night and cited on the Express.

“I think I am going to leave Watford,” he announced, one day after featuring in Watford’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

“The club know my ambitions and want to help me get to the next level.

“I’m flattered by the interest of PSG but for the moment there’s nothing concrete. I will focus on my performance for my club.

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“I’ve not had contact with PSG and they’ve not contacted Watford. My goal is to play well for Watford and then maybe join a Champions League team.

“The chances of me joining PSG? Probably small as they follow a number of players.

“I’m not the priority that’s for sure but if there is an opportunity then we will look into it.

“I can play at 10, 8 or even 6 but my favourite position is as a defensive midfielder.

“This winter we’ll study all possibilities on offer. The most important thing for me is to continue to progress and with my performances, I’ll succeed in playing for a club in Europe.

“Staying in England is a possibility and the Italian league is becoming more interesting.

“There are clubs who have returned to show interest in me again. The first criteria for me is that the club plays in the Champions League.”