Slavisa Jokanovic admits new Watford contract 'isn't close' despite recent rumours

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Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic says he isn't close to a new contract to stay with the Hornets.

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic has told The Sun that a deal to stay at Vicarage Road is 'not close', despite the club's promotion to the Premier League

Jokanovic, a former Chelsea midfielder, arrived as Watford's fourth manager of the season in October, following on from Giuseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia and Billy McKinlay after a crazy start to the season for the Hornets.

The 46-year-old had previously managed in his native Serbia with Partizan Belgrade before spells with Thai side Muangthong United, Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia and Hercules in Spain, but appears to have found a home in West London again after a nomadic managerial career to date.

Jokanovic has earned plenty of plaudits for his work at Watford this season, and guided them to automatic promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2007.

Yet, despite that, Jokanovic's future is still up in the air, with his contract set to expire this summer - and he told The Sun that whilst he does want to stay at the club, a deal isn't close yet.

"We are not close but my first choice is to stay at Watford and I hope we reach an agreement soon," said Jokanovic, with rumours now building about his future.

The Daily Mail recently reported that both Newcastle United and Sunderland were keeping tabs on Jokanovic ahead of a possible move this summer, whilst Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague suggested that Leeds United and West Ham United also have the Serbian on their managerial shortlists this summer.

With Jokanovic's contract situation seemingly dragging on, all four clubs will be encouraged that they could land him in the coming weeks, with all four likely to be pursuing new managers this summer.

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