Watford confirm Abdoulaye Doucoure has signed a new five-year deal with the club. The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton this summer, but his contract extension ends speculation about his future.
Signed from French Ligue 1 outfit Stade Rennais in February 2016, Doucoure has gone on to make 62 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 12 goals. The French u21 international has been a regular for the Hornets and has attracted the interest of a number of clubs due to his form.
The central midfielder made 37 Premier League appearances last season and was named Watford’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season. He averaged a tackle or interception every 25 minutes, contributed 10 goals while creating 40 chances and making 41 successful dribbles.
The Hornets finished 14th in the league with 41 points from 38 games and will hope to consolidate in 2018/19. Doucoure’s new deal will keep him at Vicarage Road until 2023 and will lead to celebrations from supporters as the 25-year-old is a key player in the midfield. It’s bad news for Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, but good news for Watford.