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UPDATED: Matej Vydra says Watford boss Gianfranco Zola suggested he should join West Bromwich Albion
10:23am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Sport
Matej Vydra has expressed his gratitude to Watford and confirmed their boss Gianfranco Zola suggested he should move to West Bromwich Albion.
Vydra burst on to the European scene after an excellent first seven months at Watford last season, when he scored 22 goals on loan from Udinese.
This led to continual speculation regarding the 21-year-old's future but today it was confirmed he had signed on loan at West Brom.
Their head coach Steve Clarke is a close friend of Zola having played together at Chelsea and the former defender was also Zola's assistant manager during his spell in charge of West Ham United.
In an interview with isport.cz, Vydra said: "My agent and I liked West Brom. And also Gianfranco Zola recommended them to me. He has a very good relationship with Steve Clarke and told me that it would be good choice for me.
"They play nice football and try to keep the ball on the ground. I hope it will work."
He added: "They have a very good coach in Steve Clarke, finished eighth last season and play a style of football which could suit me. On top of that, there is Nicolas Anelka who has had so much experience and I hope I can learn from him."
When asked if he was nervous the move might fall through due to the delay in signing for West Brom, Vydra replied: "I have to admit that I was. But my agent told me it would be okay as Mr Pozzo gave us his word. And he delivered.
"I am happy that it [the waiting] is over and now I can be fully focused on the new challenge.
"I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and my dream has come true. Now it´s only up to me when it comes to how successful I will be."
The above was part of Karel Haring's interview for the Czech paper Denik Sport. You can see the full interview here.
You can also read comments from Clarke and West Brom's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick on Vydra's signing here.
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