Deeney pens new five-year Watford contract

The striker is now contracted to the Hornets until 2021

Watford striker Troy Deeney looks set to spend the rest of his career at Watford, after signing a new five-year deal at Vicarage Road, which will keep him at the club until 2021.

The 28-year-old will be 32 by the time his contract expires with the Hornets, who he signed for in 2010 from Walsall, which scuppers Premier League champions Leicester City’s ambitions to sign the Englishman.

The Foxes had offered £20 million for Deeney, but will now have to look elsewhere to bolster their squad ready for their Champions League campaign next season.

Deeney has admitted that he was keen to sign a new deal once he realised the club’s ambitions met his, while Watford are also keen to keep ahold of his striker partner Odion Ighalo, after Shanghai SIPG offered £37.5 million for the Nigerian.

“This club really means business and I want to be part of this. I’ve listened carefully to everything the club has had to say to me recently.” said Deeney.

“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.”

The former Walsall striker netted 13 league goals in his debut season in the Premier League, as Watford comfortably secured top-division safety and now go into the new season with the new mega-money TV rights deal set to come into impact.

It was a crucial season for Premier League sides to ensure their top-flight status for the 2016/17 season, and Watford now hope to push on and have added Belgium defender Christian Kabasele, costing £6 million, to the squad, on top of Deeney’s decision to stay with the Hornets.

Deeney cost Watford £500,000, to get him to leave his hometown of Birmingham for Hertfordshire, and has been a major success ever since his switch and hopes to continue his own personal development, alongside Watford’s.

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