Cristian Battocchio will be staying with Watford - and not joining Padova - at Beppe Sannino's request

Battocchio to remain with Watford at Sannino's request

Battocchio to remain with Watford at Sannino's request

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Cristian Battocchio will not be leaving the Hornets on loan during the January transfer window, the Watford Observer understands.

Battocchio looked set for a loan move to Serie B side Padova last week, with his agent Claudio Vagheggi claiming a deal could be concluded in "a matter of days".

However, we understand Battocchio will not be leaving the club during this loan window as head coach Beppe Sannino is keen to retain the player, who has started in Watford's last two matches.

The Golden Boys are still trying to sign a defensive midfielder but Battocchio's importance to the club has increased further following injuries to Lewis McGugan and Iriney at the weekend.

The Hornets hierarchy were open to letting Battocchio leave prior to Saturday's match with Bournemouth but we understand Sannino has since expressed a clear desire for the player to remain.

The Italy Under-21 international, who was born in Argentina, has made 12 starts and nine substitute appearances for Watford this season in all competitions.

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6:19pm Tue 21 Jan 14

BlakeyJ says...

Awesome, that's great news. Good work beppe
Awesome, that's great news. Good work beppe BlakeyJ
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6:27pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

Good news. Too valuable to go out on loan. Hope to see him start against City, along with Bond.
Good news. Too valuable to go out on loan. Hope to see him start against City, along with Bond. Stoney77
  • Score: 21

6:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Bond played last year , rather Manuel gets his run out as his experience will be vital
Bond played last year , rather Manuel gets his run out as his experience will be vital jasonwatford
  • Score: 13

6:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cliff46 says...

That is great news.
How about telling us how Almen Abdi is Frank after spending more time on the pitch at Bournemouth than I think anyone anticipated.
That is great news. How about telling us how Almen Abdi is Frank after spending more time on the pitch at Bournemouth than I think anyone anticipated. cliff46
  • Score: 12

6:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Poppet Bear says...

Great news !!!
Great news !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 7

6:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Good news.
Good news. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 7

7:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Rookery Veteren says...

He deserves more pitch time.maybe now he'll get it. What news on Iriney,McGugan and Abdi ? Feel for Iriney he's looked the part these last couple of games but must now be fearing that a replacement will be brought in. Don't suppose I am the only one wishing we were in for Graham.
He deserves more pitch time.maybe now he'll get it. What news on Iriney,McGugan and Abdi ? Feel for Iriney he's looked the part these last couple of games but must now be fearing that a replacement will be brought in. Don't suppose I am the only one wishing we were in for Graham. Rookery Veteren
  • Score: 17

7:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

watford1881 says...

Hope this upcoming FA Cup Match doesn't return our teams confidence back down again.. Hope the big sweed gets a start...
Hope this upcoming FA Cup Match doesn't return our teams confidence back down again.. Hope the big sweed gets a start... watford1881
  • Score: 9

9:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

This is great news. CB is worthy if a regular starting place and, in my opinion, would benefit from a solid run of appearances. He's not an impact player from the bench.
This is great news. CB is worthy if a regular starting place and, in my opinion, would benefit from a solid run of appearances. He's not an impact player from the bench. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 8

10:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

barnsey11 says...

Excellent news, always like to see batto and fessi on the pitch together, they have the ability to make things happen.
Excellent news, always like to see batto and fessi on the pitch together, they have the ability to make things happen. barnsey11
  • Score: 7

9:05am Wed 22 Jan 14

HornetJJ says...

Well done Beppe. Good call!
Well done Beppe. Good call! HornetJJ
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9:20am Wed 22 Jan 14

Abbotshorn says...

Obviously Beppe has been reading our post on WO. Would like Batto, Bond and Ranegie to start, would give them match time COYH's
Obviously Beppe has been reading our post on WO. Would like Batto, Bond and Ranegie to start, would give them match time COYH's Abbotshorn
  • Score: 3

9:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

Dino1982 says...

Bravo Beppe!
He is a great player with good potential. We forget he's very young.
Bravo Beppe! He is a great player with good potential. We forget he's very young. Dino1982
  • Score: 3

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