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Abdoulaye Doucouré reflects on Sunday's opening pre-season friendly with Woking...

DOUCOURÉ: “I Was So Excited To Play”

It may have only been a pre-season friendly, but there was no hiding Abdoulaye Doucouré’s delight at finally getting the chance to pull on a yellow shirt.

The Frenchman played the second 45 minutes in the Hornets’ 1-1 draw with Woking yesterday (Sunday July 10), and the box-to-box midfielder was pleased with how his Watford debut went.

“Before the game I was so excited to play because now it means I am a real player of Watford, and I am so excited to play in the Premier League,” he told

“Today was a good game but we have to be better and work harder.

“I like this town and the group is very good and they have integrated me very well. I am now excited to play in the Premier League and to play another game.”

Doucouré signed for the Golden Boys from French club Rennes in the January transfer window, before spending the second-half of last season on-loan at Spanish top-flight side Granada.

While the the 23-year-old insists he enjoyed his time in Spain, he is now fully focused on the Hornets and can’t wait for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

“Granada was very, very good and I liked my life there. Now I am in Watford and I will work hard to play very well here and to help my team.

“I have talked with Étienne Capoue and Allan Nyom before and they have told me that the Premier League is very hard and is very difficult, and the intensity is higher that in Spain or France.

“I will have to adapt very quickly and hopefully I can play well.”

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