Heurelho Gomes has described Watford as "one of the best clubs in the Premier League" but is still 99 per cent sure he will be leaving at the end of the season.

The Brazilian goalkeeper spoke to the club website ahead of this weekend's FA Cup match with Crystal Palace, a game most are expecting him to play in, and said it could be his last appearance in a Hornets' shirt.

"We don’t know what’s going to happen for the Palace game or in the rest of the season," he said.

"But yes it could be my last game at our stadium.

"It’s been an amazing five years, and when I say that I’m not even talking about the success we’ve had. I’m talking about the club, which is so special to me and the fans are too.

"When no-one else believed in me anymore, this club did. To see it building into what I believe is one of the best clubs in the league has been so amazing.

"I’m 99 per cent decided that this will be my last season. I’m still feeling like I can go on for a few more years but I’ve got some plans and I believe it’s time now to think about it.

"To be honest, physically I’m maybe better than two years ago and you never know. I had been thinking about finishing my career in Brazil or Holland but I believe this time has gone and if I’m going to finish it will probably be here. Maybe I will change my mind, but I’m 99 per cent sure."

The 38-year-old insisted he is not frustrated at having to sit behind Ben Foster and is instead happy to do what is in the best interest of the club, which he said has changed significantly for the better since he arrived.

"At this club I’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of matches so it has been different for me," he said.

"But I needed to accept this for the good of the team, the club, the fans and for myself as well. I needed to take it as a positive thing.

"The club signed a player like Ben who has helped us so much in and out of the pitch. I know that I’m sitting on the bench for a very, very good goalkeeper, so I cannot complain.

"I always try to be as positive as I can, not because I’m forcing it but because it’s me.

"In football it’s not easy because everyone wants to play. The beauty of the game isn’t in training, it’s in playing games, but you have to be positive, you have to encourage people and help out around the place.

"The way that things have changed around the place – the stadium, the training ground – I remember when I first came here the facilities weren’t so good but the people worked so hard to do this off the pitch and we worked hard on the pitch too.

"I came here to try to build the club’s future. It was a different approach for me but I took that and put my heart into it because the club and the people believed in me, and that was very important for me. I have tried to give everything for this club."