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Mariappa - Hornets can be boosted by Doucoure interest

12th February 2019, 09:48 by Jack Ogalbe

Watford’s Adrian Mariappa says the club should take the positives from the ongoing interest in Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The midfielder has been regularly linked with Paris Saint-Germain in the last two transfer windows and the French champions are believed to have approached the Hornets about the possibility of a £50m move in January.

Doucoure was born in Meulan-en-Yvelines, 40km or so from the Parc des Princes, and has himself suggested he would be open to joining PSG should the opportunity arise.

Team-mate Mariappa says he recognises why the 26-year-old has been linked with the French champions but says the club should not feel under pressure to sell.

In contrast, he would like them to take the positives from the speculation, insisting that the news proves the team are heading in the right direction.

"Look, we want to keep all our best players," Mariappa told the Evening Standard. "It is a good thing to have players linked with moves, it means they are doing well.

"As a group, we are close and we pull together well. He is a big part of that, so we are delighted to keep him."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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