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Daniel Tozser says he didn't listen to any other offers before rejoining Watford and is delighted to be back at Vicarage Road
From Genoa via Parma to Watford. It is a little convoluted but ultimately new Hornets signing Daniel Tozser is where he wants to be for the next two years.
The Golden Boys had been attempting to complete a deal for the talented midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, throughout the summer.
On Monday they finally got their man, although he had joined a new club three days earlier in the process.
Parma signed the Hungarian international from Genoa on a two-year deal last Friday and he was then loaned to Watford for the duration of that contract three days later.
The Hornets then have the option to turn the deal into a permanent transfer in 2016 and Tozser will stay for another season.
Confused? Even the 29-year-old admits he doesn’t know all the details of his move but he is delighted to be back at Vicarage Road.
“It is a fantastic feeling because it is what I wanted to happen. I was very happy here and I wanted to join the club,” Tozser said on Wednesday from Watford’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
“I have got a contract for two years now and I am very pleased with that. I know where I will be and that is a big thing for me.
“I am completely a Watford player now, if anything happens in the future it will be up to Watford. I don’t know all the details about the move, that is left for Mr (Gino) Pozzo and my agent.
"So I can’t tell you too much but I know I am definitely here for two years and after that is up to Watford.”
The Hornets had to work hard to complete the Tozser signing and he admitted other Championship clubs were interested in him.
However, he stressed his intention was to only join the Hornets and said he didn’t consider any other options.
He explained: “I heard there was some interest from a Championship team and a team that went into the Premier League last season.
“But I didn’t want to go to any other team in the Championship. I felt really happy at Watford last season and it was the first place I wanted to go.
“So it was not a question for me of listening to the other offers.
“I know the other teams that were interested in me but I don’t think it is right for me to talk about who they were.
“That is in the past. One of the teams were in the play-offs last season, but I don’t want to say more than this.”
After completing his move, the midfielder joined up with his Watford teammates on their pre-season training camp in Austria and had quickly settled back into the squad.
“The guys are fantastic here, it’s a really good group,” he said.
“The World Cup match (Argentina versus Holland) is on soon and we’ll watch that. Cristian (Battocchio) (and Fernando Forestieri) is supporting Argentina and has a flag, so we’re hoping Holland can win.”
Watford are hoping to challenge for automatic promotion this season and Tozser said the ambition of the Pozzos to develop the Hornets into a Premier League side was the driving force behind his decision to return to the club.
“The board want a Premier League team and that is the main thing for me,” he said.
“I felt that Watford really wanted me as well and that is important. When we play at home it is a full house and we have fantastic supporters. So there were no negatives about Watford.”
Tozser’s six-month spell at Vicarage Road last season was a success despite the midfielder’s performances dropping off in the latter part of the season, with many at the club believing that was due to a lack of regular football prior to signing on loan.
He completed 90 minutes in his 20 appearances and was absent for just one match.
He missed the first week of Watford’s pre-season training camp but explained how he had been training on his own ahead of the move in order to be fit when he linked up with the Watford squad.
He said: “I hoped that the deal would be ok. So I wanted to keep myself in shape as much as I could. It is not the same of course as training with the team but I am feeling ok.
“I’ve had a couple of training sessions already and of course it was tough. This is the time to work though, so you can’t complain.”
Tozser will add a wealth of experience to the Hornets squad and should fill the void that was left when Jonathan Hogg and John Eustace departed last summer.
He’s played in the Champions League at AEK Athens and Racing Genk and has made 21 appearances for his country.
But those European nights against the likes of Chelsea have been replaced by the prospect of long midweek trips to Rotherham United and Blackpool.
However, Tozser is ready for the challenge. He said: “Some people may think that the Championship is only the second division in England but it is the best second division in the world.
“We know we will have a lot of tough and hard games through the season, that is one thing you can guarantee.
“I want to make sure that I do better than I did last season and that is the same for the team.
“We don’t need to talk and say big things like ‘we will go up’. It’s important to take every game one by one and hopefully we can do well.”
While Tozser impressed on the pitch last season, he felt settled off it. He’s looking forward to returning to England and his wife Lenart Zsanett, a professional dancer, will be looking at houses in the Watford area next week.
“Living in England was really nice,” he said. “I lived for four years for Belgium and the level of the life and the organisation of things was very similar. I enjoyed it there.”
And, to the delight of Watford fans and the player himself, it is where he will stay for the next two years.