Watford Agree Deal to Sell Etienne Capoue to Villarreal
Two-and-a-Half Year Deal at Villarreal
The French media outlet say that final confirmation of the deal is due to be announced at any time on Sunday, December 27. The news was tweeted by RMC Sport Chief Editor Mohamed Bouhafsi.
Watford had been said to be stalling on a deal to allow the player to leave Vicarage Road, according to a report in Marca, but it now seems that a deal to suit both clubs and the player has been struck.
Injury to Villarreal’s Vicente Iborra Triggered Move for Watford Midfielder
Villarreal’s interest in Capoue was triggered after an injury to their midfielder Vicente Iborra was confirmed as being serious enough to rule him out of the remainder of the La Liga season.
Capoue Transfer Request
Capoue had handed in a transfer request to Watford which was confirmed by the Hornets in September after the club had been relegated from the Premier League. Capoue has two years left on his current contract but is keen to move onto pastures new. The 32-year-old midfielder, who has played for Toulouse and Tottenham, has played seven games this season in the Championship for Watford, including the Boxing Day victory over Norwich City.
He told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “I was really sad for myself, the club and for everybody. We have been working so hard for five years to establish ourselves.
“It was so painful, the last game was so painful. I tried to come back and force myself to do it but I couldn’t.“
Capoue’s departure will end his six season long association with Watford