Etienne Capoue has rescinded his transfer request and will stay with Watford this season, the club have confirmed.

The midfielder was in talks with Valencia on transfer deadline day, but the move broke down with the two sides unable to come to an agreement on a fee.

After asking to leave and training separately from the rest of his teammates throughout the start of the season, Capoue returned to group practise earlier this week and is now instead going to help the Hornets try and get back into the Premier League.

Speaking to the club website, head coach Vladimir Ivic said he was "satisfied" to have Capoue back at his disposal.

“He [Capoue] is the guy who wants to come back, to give his best for the team," said Ivic. “All of us are satisfied that he is coming back to work with us.

Watford Observer:

“It was not because of me that he stayed out the previous one-and-a-half months. It was because of his reasons; to do with injuries and the transfer window.

“I expect he will adapt as fast as possible with the new system and the new conditions of the team."

With Tom-Dele Bashiru out for six months with a damaged ACL and Will Hughes still on the mend, Capoue's decision has brought some relief to Ivic. 

“For me, this is enough. This will give us one more option in this position where we’re also looking for some other guys to come in and help us,” said the head coach.

“Capoue is a player of Watford FC. All of us know he can improve our game.

“I’m sure he will give his maximum and he will help the team. He will be again part of Watford FC.

“It’s good we have one more quality player who will be part of our new challenge for this year.”