Manager makes huge admission over reported £60,000-a-wk enforcer wanted by Tottenham

Watford manager Javi Gracia has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in the wake of interest from Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Doucoure, 25, confirmed last month that the trio of Premier League clubs were keen on snapping him up in the future, leading to Gravia having to answer questions about his situation at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets boss has suggested that there is a chance for the French enforcer to sign a new deal with the club after a brilliant season that has seen him score seven goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.

But Gracia is still unsure of whether he can keep hold of the defensive midfielder.

“I don’t know, I don’t know what happens in the future, whether he will sign a new contract or stay with us a long time, I don’t know,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I think he is very happy with the team, the supporters, the club, the city. I think he is very happy.

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“I would like Doucoure to stay with us more time.”

The Daily Mail has previously reported that Doucoure is earning £60,000-a-week at Watford and is valued at £20million.

Football Insider verdict

Doucoure has been in great form for Watford this season and at £20million, he could be a very good signing for Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham’s weakest part of their squad is perhaps in central midfield. While Mousa Dembele has been brilliant this term, he, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are all players who can be improved upon. Doucoure does not really do that and there has to be better options out there for Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy to look at. It’s hard to improve on a squad that is as talented as Spurs’ is, but signing up players that are equal in quality is not going to help the club progress to where they want to be.

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