Javi Gracia: Abdoulaye Doucoure focused on Watford


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Watford manager Javi Gracia insists Abdoulaye Doucoure will give everything for the club despite the midfielder recently admitting he wants to play for a team in the Champions League.

Former France Under-21 international Doucoure made the switch to Vicarage Road in February 2016 and his eye-catching performances over the past couple of seasons have seen his stock rise.

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be tracking the 26-year-old midfielder and it is thought a big-money January offer worth around £35-40million could be lodged.

Doucoure recently revealed he is flattered to hear of interest from Les Parisiens while also confirming the Hornets know his desire to leave the club for a team playing Champions League football.

As can often happen with transfer speculation, a player can down tools in order to force through an exit, but Gracia is adamant his star man will not go down that route.

“He is a good professional and that is the most important thing,” he said.

“He is focused on Watford and he knows that the best thing for him, for us and for everybody, is for him to give his best and this way we will see what happens in the future.”

Doucoure is expected to be named in Watford’s starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Burnley, who are on a four-game winning run in all competitions.

The Hornets are 1.67 favourites to pick up all three points, the draw is priced at 3.80 while the Clarets are 5.50 outsiders to continue their terrific run of form.

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