It’s been two months since Watford appointed Cristiano Giaretta as their new sporting director and the 52-year-old has been talking regularly to the Italian media. 

On October 24th, the Italian spoke on various topics including Ken Sema’s return to the Championship, interest in João Pedro and about Watford manager Vladimir Ivić.

Less than a week later, Giaretta gave an interview to TuttoMercatoWeb, where he was asked about Gerard Deulofeu’s decision to join Udinese on a season-long loan deal. 

Giaretta admitted the former Everton man had to leave the English club in the last window because of the club’s drop to the Championship. 

“Deulofeu is a great added value for Udinese. One of the strongest [players] in one on one. We are expecting a great season from him,” Giaretta told TMW. 

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“He has great talent, he affects a lot in games. Pozzo’s main thought is how to strengthen his teams. And Deulofeu certainly couldn’t play in the Championship.”

Deulofeu has so far made two substitute appearances for Udinese, and is yet to score or register an assist.

Meanwhile, Watford have managed four wins in the eight league matches and are currently fifth in the table, level on points with third place Swansea City and fourth place Milwall. 

After being relegated from the Premier League last season, they have set their sights on returning to the top flight club competition in England next year. 

“It is our goal [to return to the Premier League]. The championship is long. We have the potential to compete in the top ranking. We want to go up,” the Watford chief explained.