UPDATE: Troy Deeney's future will not determine where Swedish striker Mathias Ranegie plays next season

Mathias Ranegie during last season's game with Burnley. Picture: Holly Cant

Mathias Ranegie during last season's game with Burnley. Picture: Holly Cant

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Mathias Ranegie's future will not be determined by whether Troy Deeney leaves the club despite claims to the contrary by the Swedish striker, the Watford Observer understands.

Ranegie, pictured, is quoted as saying he would be Deeney’s replacement should the Hornets sell their top scorer and that the club had agreed to find him a move if the Englishman remains.

However, we have been told that is not the case and Deeney’s future will not be a deciding factor in whether Ranegie stays at Vicarage Road next season.

Ranegie joined the Golden Boys in January from Udinese and signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club.

The 30-year-old was injured when he first arrived but went on to make ten appearances for Watford, often starting alongside Deeney, and netted four times.

Deeney ended the campaign with 24 goals and has been linked with a move to several Premier League sides this summer, including Everton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Ranegie was asked about his future by Swedish newspaper Sport Expressen during an extensive interview.

He said: “It all depends on the situation. The status is if Troy Deeney is sold, I am his replacement. Otherwise the club has agreed to find me a new club.”

Ranegie has been capped five times by Sweden and he netted his sole goal for his country in a 1-1 draw against Syria in January 2010.

He was a latecomer to professional football and, after a largely unsuccessful spell at IFK Göteborg, made a name for himself at BK Häcken, where he scored 36 goals in 81 appearances.

Malmo signed him in 2011 and 13 goals in 26 games persuaded Udinese to buy the player in August 2012.

He made 24 Serie A appearances for the Little Zebras before joining the Hornets.

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7:38am Fri 20 Jun 14

Hampshire hornet says...

Give us some relevant news please, stop recycling the same story and copy and pasting... Lazy journalism
Give us some relevant news please, stop recycling the same story and copy and pasting... Lazy journalism Hampshire hornet
  • Score: -9

8:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

The only new updates will be Troy tweeting who arrives at breakfast in the training camp
The only new updates will be Troy tweeting who arrives at breakfast in the training camp jasonwatford
  • Score: 3

8:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
Give us some relevant news please, stop recycling the same story and copy and pasting... Lazy journalism
There's probably no new news to give, and this article did have 'UPDATE' very clearly in the title... What did you expect?
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: Give us some relevant news please, stop recycling the same story and copy and pasting... Lazy journalism[/p][/quote]There's probably no new news to give, and this article did have 'UPDATE' very clearly in the title... What did you expect? The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 26

8:37am Fri 20 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

How about a WO reporter at the training camp. Maybe we will hear something interesting, like whether Toszer is there, how is Abdi's fitness, rather than trying to get some more mileage out of this non story.
How about a WO reporter at the training camp. Maybe we will hear something interesting, like whether Toszer is there, how is Abdi's fitness, rather than trying to get some more mileage out of this non story. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -8

8:55am Fri 20 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

If its true what Ranegie is saying then get rid quick smart.. This type of player is unwanted & unsettling.. Only being interested if other players are sold is NOT the type of player we need..
If its true what Ranegie is saying then get rid quick smart.. This type of player is unwanted & unsettling.. Only being interested if other players are sold is NOT the type of player we need.. watford1881
  • Score: 1

9:01am Fri 20 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

Toszer will not be at training camp
Toszer will not be at training camp jasonwatford
  • Score: -5

9:06am Fri 20 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

As said before the Watford Observer is way behind the modern times... Oliver Phillips with his boring stories from years ago...school boy errors by poor journalists from Watford observer...
Repeating same stories...

Every week the Watford observer gives about 2 or 3 pages to the team but manages to find about 5 more pages on pointless sports stories from the Watford area that nobody cares about...
Wake up,get the useless staff out,start again with Fress ideas...
As said before the Watford Observer is way behind the modern times... Oliver Phillips with his boring stories from years ago...school boy errors by poor journalists from Watford observer... Repeating same stories... Every week the Watford observer gives about 2 or 3 pages to the team but manages to find about 5 more pages on pointless sports stories from the Watford area that nobody cares about... Wake up,get the useless staff out,start again with Fress ideas... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -29

10:25am Fri 20 Jun 14

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

How about an UPDATE on the lack of progress of the new stand?
How about an UPDATE on the lack of progress of the new stand? PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: -2

2:05pm Fri 20 Jun 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Why do people, who generally can't spell, feel the need to criticise anything and anyone on here?

As has already been referenced, this story does what it says - updates - and gives us an insight into Ranegie's personality at the same time.

You may have noticed that the World Cup is on at the moment, and most player contracts run until the end of June, so quite what news people expect is a bit lost on me.
Why do people, who generally can't spell, feel the need to criticise anything and anyone on here? As has already been referenced, this story does what it says - updates - and gives us an insight into Ranegie's personality at the same time. You may have noticed that the World Cup is on at the moment, and most player contracts run until the end of June, so quite what news people expect is a bit lost on me. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 14

9:49pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Roger Joslyn says...

Would definitely keep Ranegie. Very tall and good with his head. Perhaps with Lloyd Dyer supplying some decent crosses from the left he might improve on his 4 goals in 10 from last season. Twenty goals a season striker? Agreed, he might not work alongside Troy but could be Ranegie and Vydra next season - who knows!
Would definitely keep Ranegie. Very tall and good with his head. Perhaps with Lloyd Dyer supplying some decent crosses from the left he might improve on his 4 goals in 10 from last season. Twenty goals a season striker? Agreed, he might not work alongside Troy but could be Ranegie and Vydra next season - who knows! Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 8

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