Exclusive: Watford star Odion Ighalo flattered by interest but ready to live Premier League dream

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Watford hot-shot Odion Ighalo admits he is flattered to be linked with other clubs, but is focused on fulfilling his dream of playing the Premier League.

Ighalo's services are in high demand across Europe after his goalscoring exploits for Watford propelled the club to promotion to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old initially moved to Watford on a season-long loan from Udinese last summer but four months later agreed a permanent contract until the summer of 2017.

A number of Premier League sides and several Spanish sides have shown an interest in Ighalo, and although he is happy to be linked with other clubs he is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against the best players in the Premier League next season with Watford.

"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League and I have achieved that opportunity with Watford," Ighalo told HITC Sport.

"It is always nice to hear that other clubs are interested in you, but I leave that all up to my agent and whatever happens will happen.

"My focus is making sure I am ready for pre-season and I cannot wait for the season to start so that I can test myself against the best players in the world."

Ighalo, who is also at the centre of a sponsorship battle for his services between Nike and Adidas, believes Watford can prove doubters wrong by staying up next season despite the new boys being tipped for an immediate return to the Championship.

"I feel we have enough quality in our squad to have a successful season in the Premier League and stay up," added Ighalo.

"We surprised a lot of people to win promotion from the Championship and I think we can surprise people again in the Premier League.

"I am sure we will add to our squad and with the players we already have here I feel we will be able to make an impact in the Premier League.

Igahlo, who scored 20 goals this season for Watford, is also confident that he will be able to repeat his goalscoring exploits in the Premier League.

"I am confident in my own ability and I am sure I will score goals in the Premier League," noted Ighalo.

"It will be a big test against some of the best players and teams in the world, but if I get chances to score I am sure I will score goals."

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