Watford confirm the departure of Gabriele Angella
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Italian centre-back, Gabriele Angella, has departed Watford after three years at the club. Angella spent last season on loan at Championship side, Queens Park Rangers as he failed to break into the first-team squad with the Hornets. 

Angella (pictured, right) in action for QPR back in March of this year. | Photo: Getty
Angella (pictured, right) in action for QPR back in March of this year. | Photo: Getty

The club recently confirmed that Watford and Angella had gone their separate ways, as the Italian has rejoined his former club, Udinese Calcio - Watford owner Gino Pozzo's other owned club. 

Inconsistent time on the field

The 27-year-old defender began his career at Empoli, before capturing the attention of Udinese - where they signed him for a fee of around £2million pounds. The towering centre-back has been unable to cement his spot in the starting eleven for both the clubs that purchased him in recent years; Udinese and most-recently, Watford themselves.

Kabasele deal influences Angella's decision

Angella has completed three loan spells in his career, in both England and Italy, playing for AC Siena, Reggina and QPR. After three years under Watford's guidance, he has returned to his home country, following the recruitment of Belgian defender, Christian Kabasele.

Like Kabasele, Angella was notorious for his surprising efficiency in attack, as he found the back of the net on ten occasions for the Hornets. The centre-back even won Watford's goal of the season award in 2014, netting a phenomenal back-heeled volley against Nottingham Forest back when they were in England's second tier.  

The club of course wished the defender well following his move, signing out with: "Everyone at Vicarage Road wishes Gabriele success for his future career."

Angella himself will be hoping for better luck once he returns to the Serie A, with Udinese finishing narrowly above the relegation zone last season - where they conceded a whopping 60 goals across the campaign last term.