Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia says he hasn't spoken with the club about his future and says he has no options for next season

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Manuel Almunia has not spoken to Watford about remaining at the club and says he can’t make a decision on his future because he currently doesn’t have any options.

The Spaniard joined Watford just under two years ago after leaving Arsenal and his second one-year contract with the Hornets expires this summer.

The 36-year-old made 38 appearances for the Golden Boys this season and kept ten clean sheets.

Speaking on Tuesday, Almunia said he was hoping to discuss his future before the end of this week, when the players depart for their summer break.

He said: "I speak to the club a lot. I speak with (technical director) Gian Luca (Nani) and the directors but that’s about the club and about things with the team.

"We haven’t spoken about me. We will have a meeting I hope before Friday otherwise they’ll have to find me at my home," he said whilst laughing.

He added: "I can’t make a decision on my future because I have no options. When I finish training on Friday I will go home and wait for a phone call."

Almunia was appointed captain last summer following the departure of John Eustace, although he filled in for large parts of his first season due to injury to Eustace.

Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino did not want to speak about individual players’ futures but when asked about Almunia, he replied: "The focus now is to finish training on Friday and complete our job. After that we will see what happens. To speak about only one player is not fair.

"My opinion though is Almunia is a very good man and a good player."

Almunia was speaking as part of an extended end-of-season interview, more of which will be Watford Observer tomorrow. 

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3:12pm Thu 8 May 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player"
I'd like to see him stay on.
I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player" I'd like to see him stay on. JohnnyBarnes
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3:40pm Thu 8 May 14

jsjf1979 says...

agree, but I think we need another quality GK to push him next season or vice versa and Bond to go out on loan for a season of league 1 or 2 to gain confidence and some much needed game time
agree, but I think we need another quality GK to push him next season or vice versa and Bond to go out on loan for a season of league 1 or 2 to gain confidence and some much needed game time jsjf1979
  • Score: 24

3:55pm Thu 8 May 14

LutonHornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player"
I'd like to see him stay on.
Happy to keep him if the club want him, but not as Captain. We need a leader in Defence or Midfield to be Captain on the pitch. I have never believed in Goalkeeper or Striker Captains. They are not in the mix and it is difficult for them to dictate play in their positions.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player" I'd like to see him stay on.[/p][/quote]Happy to keep him if the club want him, but not as Captain. We need a leader in Defence or Midfield to be Captain on the pitch. I have never believed in Goalkeeper or Striker Captains. They are not in the mix and it is difficult for them to dictate play in their positions. LutonHornet
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4:01pm Thu 8 May 14

bristol hornet says...

LutonHornet wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player"
I'd like to see him stay on.
Happy to keep him if the club want him, but not as Captain. We need a leader in Defence or Midfield to be Captain on the pitch. I have never believed in Goalkeeper or Striker Captains. They are not in the mix and it is difficult for them to dictate play in their positions.
Yes fully agree.
Another year in goal, but definitely NOT as captain. The skipper should be an out-field player, and preferably a midfielder, someone like Toszer.
[quote][p][bold]LutonHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: I agree with Sannino - "good man and good player" I'd like to see him stay on.[/p][/quote]Happy to keep him if the club want him, but not as Captain. We need a leader in Defence or Midfield to be Captain on the pitch. I have never believed in Goalkeeper or Striker Captains. They are not in the mix and it is difficult for them to dictate play in their positions.[/p][/quote]Yes fully agree. Another year in goal, but definitely NOT as captain. The skipper should be an out-field player, and preferably a midfielder, someone like Toszer. bristol hornet
  • Score: 27

4:16pm Thu 8 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Nice to see at least so far no one having a pop at MA.

Although he is prone just like everyone else to the odd error, he has played in my view when not fully fit. Relying upon experience over agility.
Nice to see at least so far no one having a pop at MA. Although he is prone just like everyone else to the odd error, he has played in my view when not fully fit. Relying upon experience over agility. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 9

4:39pm Thu 8 May 14

cliff46 says...

In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back.
If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him.
In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back. If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him. cliff46
  • Score: 9

4:50pm Thu 8 May 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

I don't believe that for 1 minute. From January any club could have offered him a pre contract agreement for him to join them in a free at the end of June. The club must have spoken to him in relation to staying or not at some point, extremely unorganised and no way to run a club if we haven't.
For the record I love him!
I don't believe that for 1 minute. From January any club could have offered him a pre contract agreement for him to join them in a free at the end of June. The club must have spoken to him in relation to staying or not at some point, extremely unorganised and no way to run a club if we haven't. For the record I love him! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
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6:00pm Thu 8 May 14

onlyonerodthomas says...

we could resign calamity keeper scot loach as he has been transfer listed by ipswich.he would make an excellent signing!!!
we could resign calamity keeper scot loach as he has been transfer listed by ipswich.he would make an excellent signing!!! onlyonerodthomas
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7:34pm Thu 8 May 14

croxley46 says...

onlyonerodthomas wrote:
we could resign calamity keeper scot loach as he has been transfer listed by ipswich.he would make an excellent signing!!!
Loach only made about 6 appearances for Ipswich for season just ended. Don't want him back thanks (think your post was somewhat 'tongue-in-cheek ' eh?!). He probably upset the Ipswich fans like he did ours, being so arrogant, believing himself to be so brilliant! No humility at all.
Strange that Almunia is just sitting back, with no options available - would have thought, as Captain, he should be more pro-active. Seems to me he's not too bothered about playing for us next season. Agree Bond should go out on loan, not no.1 material yet I'm afraid.
Two new keepers for next season please!
[quote][p][bold]onlyonerodthomas[/bold] wrote: we could resign calamity keeper scot loach as he has been transfer listed by ipswich.he would make an excellent signing!!![/p][/quote]Loach only made about 6 appearances for Ipswich for season just ended. Don't want him back thanks (think your post was somewhat 'tongue-in-cheek ' eh?!). He probably upset the Ipswich fans like he did ours, being so arrogant, believing himself to be so brilliant! No humility at all. Strange that Almunia is just sitting back, with no options available - would have thought, as Captain, he should be more pro-active. Seems to me he's not too bothered about playing for us next season. Agree Bond should go out on loan, not no.1 material yet I'm afraid. Two new keepers for next season please! croxley46
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Thu 8 May 14

DuffmanWFC says...

Happy if he stays, like all keepers he has made the odd mistake but he has also saved us or kept us in games to!
Problem is with being a goalie that drops a clanger is that it's widely criticised and costs a goal! If he stays for one more year that's still good business as there isn't a load of better, available keepers out there that we can afford that can match Almunia when he's at his best!
That double/pen saves is an example of what I mean, that period of twenty seconds of my life was mental!
Happy if he stays, like all keepers he has made the odd mistake but he has also saved us or kept us in games to! Problem is with being a goalie that drops a clanger is that it's widely criticised and costs a goal! If he stays for one more year that's still good business as there isn't a load of better, available keepers out there that we can afford that can match Almunia when he's at his best! That double/pen saves is an example of what I mean, that period of twenty seconds of my life was mental! DuffmanWFC
  • Score: 4

8:06pm Thu 8 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

Almunia makes mistakes like any other keeper but I must admit I prefer an English over a European goalie as they tend to catch rather than punch. Not sure which is best, I expect it's down to personal preferences.
Almunia makes mistakes like any other keeper but I must admit I prefer an English over a European goalie as they tend to catch rather than punch. Not sure which is best, I expect it's down to personal preferences. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Thu 8 May 14

wendover hornet says...

We need Manuel next season. He has never let us down and he adds strength to the backline which was missing on Saturday.
We need Manuel next season. He has never let us down and he adds strength to the backline which was missing on Saturday. wendover hornet
  • Score: 1

9:23pm Thu 8 May 14

soulfulhornet says...

Not done the analysis, but would guess and it is only a guess that Almunia concedes far less goals per game than Jonathan Bond - so unless we have eyes on a great keeper - the equivaent of a Speroni or Schmeichel at this level- we could do worse than resign Manuel.

Agree he is not ideal captain material - Tozser, Deeney if still here next term are better options as would Fitz if he was capable of staying fit for 35-40 games per season. There are no other obvious candidates currently at the club.
Not done the analysis, but would guess and it is only a guess that Almunia concedes far less goals per game than Jonathan Bond - so unless we have eyes on a great keeper - the equivaent of a Speroni or Schmeichel at this level- we could do worse than resign Manuel. Agree he is not ideal captain material - Tozser, Deeney if still here next term are better options as would Fitz if he was capable of staying fit for 35-40 games per season. There are no other obvious candidates currently at the club. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 2

9:30am Fri 9 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

cliff46 wrote:
In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back.
If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him.
Tell you what Cliffyboy, I agree with you but hat is strange is that 12-14 months ago, Bond was an outstanding keeper. He definitely has the talent and ability and what he needs for me is a run in the team as the first choice keeper and he'll hopefully be back to being one of the most upcoming English goalies around.

Almunia definitely should not be the captain too - it takes someone with outstanding communication ability in or around the centre of the park to do this. Abdi would be my first choice.
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back. If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him.[/p][/quote]Tell you what Cliffyboy, I agree with you but hat is strange is that 12-14 months ago, Bond was an outstanding keeper. He definitely has the talent and ability and what he needs for me is a run in the team as the first choice keeper and he'll hopefully be back to being one of the most upcoming English goalies around. Almunia definitely should not be the captain too - it takes someone with outstanding communication ability in or around the centre of the park to do this. Abdi would be my first choice. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 4

11:09am Fri 9 May 14

Meadey39 says...

injuries are starting to creep up on him. Need another quality keeper to give him competition.
injuries are starting to creep up on him. Need another quality keeper to give him competition. Meadey39
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Fri 9 May 14

thepriceisnickywright says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
cliff46 wrote:
In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back.
If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him.
Tell you what Cliffyboy, I agree with you but hat is strange is that 12-14 months ago, Bond was an outstanding keeper. He definitely has the talent and ability and what he needs for me is a run in the team as the first choice keeper and he'll hopefully be back to being one of the most upcoming English goalies around.

Almunia definitely should not be the captain too - it takes someone with outstanding communication ability in or around the centre of the park to do this. Abdi would be my first choice.
You are spot on. He is a fantastic goalie but has taken a serious knock in his confidence and came in at horrible times this season. He came in towards the end of Zola's era when we were losing games and had no confidence, and right at the end of the season when we were on the beach. Last season Bond played when we were playing well and was fantastic. Start him as number 1 and see what happens. If not good enough we will soon find out
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: In my view Bond is talented but not ready for regular first action, I would be perfectly happy for Almunia to come back. If he goes no doubt he will be replaced by an Italian that will take months to aclimitise to English football so better to keep him.[/p][/quote]Tell you what Cliffyboy, I agree with you but hat is strange is that 12-14 months ago, Bond was an outstanding keeper. He definitely has the talent and ability and what he needs for me is a run in the team as the first choice keeper and he'll hopefully be back to being one of the most upcoming English goalies around. Almunia definitely should not be the captain too - it takes someone with outstanding communication ability in or around the centre of the park to do this. Abdi would be my first choice.[/p][/quote]You are spot on. He is a fantastic goalie but has taken a serious knock in his confidence and came in at horrible times this season. He came in towards the end of Zola's era when we were losing games and had no confidence, and right at the end of the season when we were on the beach. Last season Bond played when we were playing well and was fantastic. Start him as number 1 and see what happens. If not good enough we will soon find out thepriceisnickywright
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