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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola pleased with comments by Matej Vydra's agent

Picture: Pippa Douglas

Picture: Pippa Douglas

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Gianfranco Zola says claims by Matej Vydra's agent that the striker is "very likely" to sign for Watford permanently is good news for everyone associated with the club.

Vydra has scored 16 goals in 23 league appearances since he joined the Golden Boys on loan from Udinese in the summer, netting eight times in his last five outings in the Championship.

This has resulted in interest from Premier League clubs and Vydra’s agent claims one of those teams is in the top six of the Premier League – believed to be Tottenham Hotspur.

Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec seemed to make contradictory comments regarding the player’s future in an interview with Sky Sports this week.

Chovanec said he would not be making a rash decision regarding Vydra's future but then added it was "very likely" the striker would be joining Watford permanently in January.

Zola told the Watford Observer: "I think it is good news for all the supporters of Watford. We have a young, talented player who is doing very well for this club and a lot of teams want him. Some are Premier League clubs but the player wants to stay here and is talking about staying at this club. It is great news for all of us.

"We work hard to make things good for the players and we take a lot of pleasure from indications like this."

Vydra burst on to the Czech football scene in January 2010 when he signed for Banik Ostrava from Jihlava at the age of 17.

He was only at the club six months but his performances resulted in the forward earning the Czech Revelation of the Year award and a multi-million pound move to Udinese.

Vydra only made a handful of appearances during his first year in Italy and then suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury early into his loan spell at Club Brugge in Belgium last season.

However, the striker’s displays for Watford earned his first call-up to the full Czech Republic squad in August and he has since gone on to play three times for his country.

Zola said: "When Matej came over here in the beginning, we knew he was a very good finisher. We knew that straight away. But now he has become more of a complete player because he helps the team in the build-up, he helps the team defensively and he has an excellent understanding with Troy Deeney."

When asked if he believes Vydra could make an impact at Premier League level, Zola replied: "What he is doing right now is not a common thing.

"Certainly he is doing very well but it is the work of the team which has allowed him to be in the position to score, I think.

"Everyone is working hard for each other and Matej is the one who is scoring a lot of goals. But Troy scored six or seven goals in a row recently and we need to keep in mind that this is team work and Matej is doing exceptionally well but it is because everybody is working hard to make sure he scores the goals," the Hornets head coach added.

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