Moussa Sissoko has told Watford fans "the sun will shine again soon" in a message shared via social media.

The captain is likely to depart ahead of the upcoming Championship season, due to a relegation break clause in his contract, but told fans that the Hornets' project is "solid" and that the club's employees are "motivated and competent".

Whether or not it turns out to be a farewell message remains to be seen, but the skipper said he has no doubt that the club "will return to the elite soon".

"The season that is ending has been difficult for all of us: players, club members and supporters. we gave everything to represent the club as well as we could," he wrote on Twitter.

"Unfortunately as captain and on behalf of the whole team, we are very disappointed with the relegation. these are things that happen in football and you have to accept it: it is the law of sport. I hope the club will come back to the premier league very soon! I also have a special thought for the coaches who tried to help us achieve our goals.

"The club's project is solid, the supporters are fantastic, the employees are motivated and competent and I have no doubt that the club will return to the elite soon.

"After the rain comes the sun. I have no doubt that for the Hornets family, the sun will shine again soon."