Late last week, we covered claims in Spain that both Real Betis and Sevilla were interested in bringing in Javi Gracia from Watford, even if they knew they had a difficult task ahead of them.
The Spanish manager has enjoyed a good season with the Hornets, guiding them to an FA Cup final against Manchester City, and has a lot of support from the Vicarage Road stands.
Contracted to the club until 2023 and protected by a rather large release clause, the 49-year-old could stay at the club for the foreseeable future, even if he does know that he won’t be retiring in England.
Speaking to EFE, relayed by Diario de Navarra, Gracia said: “I will 100% return to Spain. I don’t know when, because I have a long contract here. No one knows what will happen, but I will return, even if, right now, it’s not something I’m thinking about.”
Having already managed in countries like Greece and Russia before landing in England with Watford, the nomadic manager isn’t too bothered where he manages, as long as he’s happy, which is his main motivation.
He added: “If tomorrow I think I’ll be happier who knows where, maybe I’ll go there. For me, the most important thing is my family. If they seem happy with a decision and are ready to live another experience or try and convince me to return home, then we’ll return home.”
For Gracia, who has one of the biggest games of his career as a manager to prepare, his future isn’t something he’s thinking about just yet.
As he says, he just wants to ‘enjoy the day to day and his present’.