Watford tie down star man and Everton target to long-term deal

Ross Gibson
Richarlison Watford

Watford have tied midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure down to a new five-year deal it has been announced.

The 25-year-old has been subject to intense speculation regarding his future this summer, but has agreed terms on a new contract that runs until 2023.

Doucoure has developed into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League with his pace and power and attracted interest from some of the best clubs in the division.

However, the Hornets have been able to persuade the Frenchman to commit his long-term future to the club.

“I am delighted that Abdoulaye has shown his commitment to what we are trying to achieve by signing a new long-term contract with Watford Football Club,” chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website.

“It has become perfectly clear that our ambitions as a club match Abdoulaye’s ambitions as a player, and we are looking forward to continuing to work together to reach our goals.”

Doucoure, who joined the Hornets in 2016, has made 62 appearances and scored eight goals.