Striker Troy Deeney has agreed a new five-year contract with Watford and says the “club means business”.
The 28-year-old frontman was the subject of a £25million bid from champions Leicester last month – an offer the Hornets rejected. And now the Birmingham-born player, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season has penned a new deal to keep him at Viacarage Road until 2021.
“This club really means business and I want to be part of this,” club captain Deeney told the club’s website.
“I’ve listened carefully to everything the club has had to say to me recently.
“We’ve talked things through in a sensible way – and it’s helped me fully deal with lots of my own thoughts.
“When you’re right in the middle of something, maybe you take it for granted how quickly things are moving forward. I don’t think I’ve done that; but by talking it over it’s clear that Watford isn’t ever going to settle for second-best – and that’s how I want to feel about my career so it works for me.”
Watford chief executive officer Scott Duxbury added : “It’s been important to have considered discussions.
“Views have been shared and debated and there has always been a healthy dialogue between myself, Troy and his agent. Making big decisions is part of the accountability that comes with running a football club, and I’m aware of that.
“But for a player it’s perhaps even more crucial, because it’s about defining the future for you and your family, both professionally and personally. I have total respect for the time and diligence Troy has shown in coming to the conclusion he has.”