Gracia confident of Doucoure’s stay

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)

Watford boss Javi Gracia is confident Abdoulaye Doucoure will remain at the club despite reported interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Doucoure recently admitted he was “flattered” by PSG’s interest and wanted to leave in search of Champions League football.

However, manager Gracia is adamant Doucoure will stay till the end of the campaign

“I think Doucoure will stay with us for the rest of the season. I don’t have any news about the team,” Gracia told Sky.

“Now we are trying to help him to recover as soon as possible because he is an important player for us.

“He has a little problem in his knee, but he feels better day by day but I don’t know. One week ago, I thought he would be ready quicker but it wasn’t possible. I’m sure in the next days he will be ready.”

With PSG known admirers, any potential move to the Ligue 1 club would no doubt help the Frenchman persuade Didier Deschamps he could make an impact at international level.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford greets Andre Gray of Watford after the Premier League match between Watford FC and Southampton FC at Vicarage Road on April 23, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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The manager has brought success to the Hornets, in a season that has seen them playing about what was expected from them in the English Premier League.

“I have read a lot of things about this, that PSG are looking for a midfielder,” Doucoure told Canal Plus two weeks ago.

“I’m flattered by this interest but for the time being there’s nothing concrete.

“Honestly, Watford haven’t been contacted by PSG. Naturally, I said that PSG’s project interests me because I’m from the Paris region.

“But the probability honestly is very low because PSG are following a lot of players and I’m not their priority, that’s for sure. But if there’s a possibility, of course, we’ll look at it.”