Former Watford star set on Premier League return

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Czech international Matej Vydra intends to stay in the Premier League, despite interest from previous employers Watford.

The 22-year old has spent the season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, struggling to make an impact after a return of only three league goals.

His spell at the Hawthorns is in stark contrast to the 2012/13 season, when Vydra had a golden year at Vicarage Road, scoring 22 goals in 47 matches as Watford missed out on promotion from the Championship at two attempts.

The Golden Boys were hopeful of securing his services for a second season, with sister club Udinese Calcio owning permanent rights for the player making any potential loan deal easier to arrange. Due to the players bad form, and his value decreasing over an unsuccessful season, it is unlikely the Pozzo family - owners of Udinese, Watford and Spanish club Granada - would allow the highly-rated youngster to leave.

However, it has been revealed that the forward does not intend to return to Vicarage Road, and that a permanent move appeals more to the player, rather than a third consecutive season on loan.

Quoted in the Watford Observer,the 10-time capped international told Czech media outlet CTK: "I don't want another loan spell and to be jumping into a new town year in, year out and getting to know new team-mates and other people from the club.

"It takes you months and then it's almost half of the season gone and you have another half to get some match practice. After all, it's better to sign a contract somewhere for four or five years. That's what I have in mind.

"I am an Udinese player but I have spoken to my agent and he says there's interest in me in England and Germany."

Despite failing to make an impact in the Premier League, Vydra intends to stay in the English top-flight, although he knows that Udinese have the largest say upon the future of his career.

"I said I had wanted to play in the Premier League and I have made that reality. Now I'm keen to stay there.

"The Premier League in England is my priority. Now it depends on whether the clubs reach an agreement and if the Udinese president lets me go.”

The next few months are vital for Vydra's career as, after being touted as one of the most talented individuals in the Football League, a season in the Premier League has been a step backward. Maybe a return to Watford - where he is adored by the Hornets faithful - will restore the youngster to the upwards trajectory he looked destined to enjoy.

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