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Javi Gracia claims never to have spied and never will

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Reports of spying have trailed the world of football this week and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa’s had earlier admitted always having people to spy on his opponents’ training sessions.

However, Watford coach Javi Gracia claims he has never felt the need to spy on opponents but prefers to focus on his own training ground.

He said as quoted by Harrow Times: “I have never done it. I think I will never do it, I have never felt the necessity to do it.

“I prefer to be focused on my training ground, on my players and this way I think I can do my job better.”

“I try to control the people who are coming to my training ground. It is your home. You don’t invite just anybody, you have to feel comfortable.

“When I’m working in my training ground,I like to feel calm and with the control of all the things.”

Watford’s training ground is situated next door to Premier League rivals Arsenal’s training facility and the coach also joked about his uncertainty his neighbour Unai Emery is not observing The Hornets.

He said: “I have a good relationship with Unai and we respect each other.

“There are a lot of cameras in between our training grounds and I don’t know where they are pointing. But I will never do it and I’ve never done it.”