Ighalo signs five-year deal with Watford

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Odion Ighalo: pens new deal with Watford
Odion Ighalo: pens new deal with Watford

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has signed a new five-year deal with Watford that will keep him at the club until 2021, the Premier League team said on their Twitter account on Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who joined from Italians Udinese in 2014, scored 17 goals last season as Watford finished 13th in the table and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. Fifteen of the goals were scored in the Premier League

He was named the top-flight’s Player of the Month after netting five times in as many games during December.

Since arriving at Vicarage Road in July 2014, Ighalo has scored 37 times in 80 outings, forging an impressive partnership with fellow striker Troy Deeney.

Ighalo’s good form at Watford has earned him a regular place in the Nigerian national team, with three goals scored in nine international appearances.

Speaking after signing the new deal, Ighalo said: “At the start of the summer Gino [Pozzo] told me of his plans and I was happy that he wanted me to be part of them.

“When you see Troy [Deeney] sign a new deal to stay with the club, that was a big motivation for me to keep working hard together with him and the whole team.

“The fans have made me feel so welcome since I arrived. They’ve helped me grow because I don’t think the Ighalo of two or three years ago is the same player as I am now.

“I have grown each year and I’m looking forward to growing and improving again this year.”

Walter Mazzarri’s men start the new league campaign with a trip to Southampton on Saturday.

*Source: Watford website and Reuters

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