Catalan winger Gerard Deulofeu is getting a chance to shine at Watford but he's not closing the door on a move to a team with bigger aspirations.
Speaking to the agency Reuters, Deulofeu admitted he would love to play under Pep Guardiola again, who gave him his first opportunity to play for Barcelona's first team.
“I’m focussed on Watford but of course my objective is to play for a top team, that’s normal, just like any other professional,” Deulofeu said ahead of this weekend's game against Guardiola's Manchester City side.
He added that “Guardiola was a very special coach for me, the first when I was at Barcelona. He is a great coach, a lovely person and I have very good memories of that time but I would have liked to have had a full year with him."
Deulofeu, though, admitted he was "very young and I wasn’t in the dressing room much, but I’m very grateful for the opportunities he gave me.” And when the idea of a reunion with Guardiola at City was raised, he was delighted at the thought of it.
“Of course, that’s why I keep working,” he said. “I like their wingers a lot, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Leroy] Sane, [Raheem] Sterling and [Riyad] Mahrez, they are guys who play like I do, so why not? I’m going to fight for that, although for now I’m focussed on doing well at Watford.”