Abdoulaye Doucoure should resist a summer switch to the Premier League’s top six and stay at Watford, says boss Javi Gracia.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with the Frenchman who has impressed at Vicarage Road this season.
Doucoure, 25, admitted earlier this week that it would be a dream to play for Liverpool and feature in the Champions League. But Gracia believes the midfielder should complete his ambitions by helping Watford’s drive towards European football next season.
“Doucoure is playing for a very big team, playing in the Premier League and in the future I would like him to play with Watford in Europe,” Gracia said.
“Maybe in the future he can play with other big clubs who play in the Champions League. But what I feel at this moment is that all of our players are proud to belong at this club. They are concentrated on the next match and trying to put the team as high in the table as possible.”
Abdoulaye Doucoure has missed only one Premier League match for the Hornets this season.
The 25-year-old, however, has less than two years on his current deal and after failing to negotiate terms on a new contract there is a concern that he will be sold in the summer.