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 watfordfc.com.

“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.”

First Team 02/07/2016

Official | Hornets Sign Jose Holebas

WATFORD FC is delighted to announce the signing of experienced defender Jose Holebas from Italy Serie A 2014/15 runners-up AS Roma.

The Greece international has penned a three-year contract with the Hornets and will join up straight away with Quique Sanchez Flores' squad.

On the international stage, the 31-year-old has made 27 appearances for his country - including four as they reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 European Championships in Poland & Ukraine.

Holebas has a wealth of top-level domestic experience and European pedigree as well with 23 Champions League appearances to his name across his time in Italy, following a hugely successful four-year spell with Greek giants Olympiakos.

The left-sided operator rose through the ranks at TSV 1860 Munich after starting out at German national league side Viktoria Kahl.