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Published: 16:25 | 14/5/16

Ighalo happy at Watford

Backs club to find right manager

Watford striker Odion Ighalo says he is happy to stay at Vicarage Road even though manager Quiche Sanchez Flores has left the club.

The Nigerian international has scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Hornets and has been one of the mainstays of their success this season.

He revealed that he has had plenty of offers to quit the club he joined two years ago, but says he has no intention of following Flores out the door and has backed the Watford board to bring in the right replacement for the Spaniard.

"A lot of clubs were interested in January and I turned down a lot of money from China and even in the Premier League," he said.

"I decided to stay and I am still happy I stayed. I know offers will come. My agent is going to sit down with Gino (Pozzo, owner of Watford) and talk.

"I have a four-year contract and I am happy if they want me to stay.

"We will see how it goes. I love the fans here, they supported me even when things were not going well, that's all you can want. If Gino wants to keep me I am happy to stay."

The 26-year-old says he was surprised to hear that Flores was leaving the club, but believes that the board will find the right man to fill his shoes.

"Quique has done a great job," he added.

"I can remember before the start of the season the target was 40 points to remain in the Premier League. We did that and got to the FA Cup semi-finals.

"But the Pozzos know best. Gino always gets it right, even last year when he let Jokanovic leave people thought why is this guy leaving who took us to the Premier League, but Quique came in and did the job.

"They will bring in someone who will do the job. I feel for Quique as he is a nice guy, a calm guy, and I am happy with the way he works. But I still trust the Pozzos, I think they will go for the best and whoever comes in will do a great job."

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