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Friday 15 December 2017

Silva: 'Deeney's happy'

Troy Deeney
Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney is happy at Watford and is unlikely to be sold next month, manager Marco Silva has said.

Captain Deeney, 29, returned to Watford's starting line-up in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham last weekend after scoring from the bench at Manchester United in his first match back following a three-game suspension.

But Deeney's start against Spurs was only his fourth for the Hornets in the Premier League this season after failing to land a regular place under new boss Silva.

Deeney has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road when the transfer window opens next month - with new Everton manager Sam Allardyce reported to be among his pursuers - but Silva insists the club have no interest in moving their skipper on.

"I'm sure he's happy here," Silva said ahead of tomorrow's clash at Burnley. "What he did today in training was work normally and he comes here with that approach to his team-mates and all the staff.

"I want him to fight and work every day to keep his position and if he does not keep his position I expect him to work hard to win it back. That is what I expect of Troy.

"I don't want to talk about Troy, Richarlison, Stefano Okaka, Isaac Success leaving in January."

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