Following Watford’s relegation to the Championship, one of the big questions has been what the club will do with Ismaïla Sarr.
Bought for a hefty fee last summer from Rennes, the winger took some time to adapt to the Premier League, but finally found his feet towards the back end of the season before the Covid-19 break.
Despite being unable to help the Hornets avoid the drop, the youngster’s stock in Europe remains high, with many clubs interested in his services.
For the player, however, an exit isn’t absolutely imperative, as he explained to Les Échos in Sénégal, relayed by Senegaalnet.
He said: “I told myself we needed to do everything to not go down into the Championship. We did give our all to avoid this situation. At the end of the season, I told myself that I failed my mission. I would have liked to help my team to stay up in the Premier League.
“For now, I’m calm [about his future] in my corner. I keep working, and the rest, my team and my agent will take care of it because regardless of what happens, you need the club’s blessing. If Watford want me to stay, I’ll play in the Championship. My exit is also up to them”.
It seems that Sarr is happy at Vicarage Road despite the club’s circumstances for next season, and he’s decided to play the waiting game instead of forcing an exit.
We’ll have to see how many of his teammates do the same, but it’s refreshing to see such an important asset admit he’s prepared to play in the lower divisions if no one comes knocking with an offer worthy of Watford’s expectations.