Kiko Femenia has described being at Watford as "the best time" in his career, after he rejected approaches from three clubs in Spain during the January transfer window.

Granada, Real Valladolid and Villarreal all enquired about the full-back's availability last month, but Femenia said he wanted to stay at Vicarage Road and help the Hornets try and get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking after last season's relegation.

The Spaniard has arguably one of the most consistent Watford players throughout the current campaign and he told the club website he is "really happy" to still be with the club.

“Ever since I signed for Watford this is the best time in my career,” said Femenia.

“I am really happy to be here. I try to train as best as I can on a daily basis and do the best I can. My form is not only down to me: it's down to the team as we are playing very good football.

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“My family is very important to me and also helped me a lot. It's great to have my two daughters over here with me now. Having a settled family situation helps on the pitch because it gives you the serenity in your mind to play well.”

Although this season has been far from straight forward for the Hornets, with one head coach having already departed and a few uninspiring performances raising questions about their chances of promotion, they are still in with a shot of going up via the two automatic places.

Tonight's game against Derby County presents them with another chance to put pressure on the top two and Femenia believes Watford have the right mentality in the dressing room to continue their push.

“The most important thing is the dressing room,” he said. “It is key to have a good atmosphere in the dressing room. A game can turn a good way or a bad, but having that happiness is key and helps the push for promotion. The aim is to go up and to go up we aim to go direct in the first two spots in the league. We have to take more of our chances and try to win every game. It's obviously not going to be possible, but we will try our best. We know how tough this league is, but we will try.”