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Algeria defender Essaid Belkalem and Italy's Diego Fabbrini expected to remain at Watford next season
Diego Fabbrini and Essaid Belkalem are expected to remain with the Hornets this season unless the club receive good offers for the players.
Belkalem has yet to join up with the Golden Boys squad at their pre-season training camp in Austria after he was given additional time off due to Algeria’s World Cup campaign.
The centre-back, whose loan deal at Watford from Granada was made a permanent transfer midway through last season, is expected to return to the club’s London Colney base late next week ahead of the rest of the squad’s return.
Belkalem made only ten appearances for the Golden Boys last season but impressed at the World Cup, particularly in Algeria’s 2-1 extra time defeat to Germany in their last 16 clash.
Fabbrini, who has one cap for Italy, joined the Hornets last season from Udinese and signed a four year contract at Vicarage Road.
But he struggled to establish himself in the Hornets’ first-team and often started on the substitute’s bench with Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri leading the attack.
The lack of regular football saw the 23-year-old leave Watford on loan in February as he joined Serie B side Siena, where he made ten appearances for the club, scoring once.
He has linked up with the Hornets for their pre-season training camp and has featured in both of the club’s friendly matches.
Fabbrini played under current head coach Beppe Sannino briefly during a loan spell at Palermo in 2013 but only made two substitute outings for Sannino in Italy. However the forward did make five starts and two substitute appearances for Sannino at Watford before he was loaned to Siena.
We understand both Fabbrini and Belkalem are expected to be part of the Golden Boys’ squad this season.
One player who almost certainly won’t be part of the squad for the 2014/15 campaign is team-mate Davide Faraoni, who has not been on the pre-season trip and is looking for another club.