Watford forward Ignacio Pussetto is hoping to remain in Italy this summer after the end of his loan deal with Udinese.

The Argentine has been on loan with his former side since the summer, having left Watford in search of regular game time.

He arrived at Vicarage Road in a £7.65m deal in January 2020 but managed just half a season at Watford, making nine appearances with one assist.

He made a swift and unceremonious return to Italy in the summer and had been a regular for Udinese until a cruciate ligament injury in January ended his campaign.

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The forward has been working his way back to fitness since then and is set to return to Watford this summer when his loan deal comes to an end.

However, he has no plans to return to the promoted side and wants to remain in Italy when he is fully fit.

“Today, I’m in the final stage of recovery; it was difficult to watch my teammates from the sidelines and not be able to play,” he told El Espectador Deportes 100.1, relayed by Paloygol.

“But now I’m focused on the pre-season, joining my teammates and getting back into the swing of things so I can get ready for the championship.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to staying in Italy, to continuing my career in Europe and hopefully, I can continue to grow there and come back well from this injury.”

Any move would need to be Pozzo approved, but with the two clubs’ history of swapping players at will, perhaps this could be one dealt with swiftly in order to give the player what he wants.