Jose Manuel Jurado leaves Watford for a return to Spain with Espanyol

Jurado will play under former Hornets manager Quique Sanchez Flores for the third time.

Jose Manuel Jurado leaves Watford for a return to Spain with Espanyol
Jurado made 30 Premier League appearances last season (photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Watford have announced that attacking midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado will be joining Espanol for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.5 million.

Jurado surplus to requirements

The Spaniard played a key role in Watford's Premier League campaign last season, making 30 appearance for the club. Yet despite only joining from Spartak Moscow last summer, incoming manager Walter Mazzarri has made it clear that the 30 year old is no longer part of his first team plans.

Jurado will link up with former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores for the third time, after previously playing for the enigmatic coach at Atletico Madrid. A club statement announced "all at Watford wish Jose well for the future".

As they did last summer, Watford have made a string of changes to their playing staff despite a solid season to complete their main objective of avoiding relegation during 2015/16. Christian Kabasele, Jerome Sinclair and Isaac Success have all signed for the club, whilst the key duo of Heurelho Gomes and Troy Deeney have put pen to paper on extended contracts.

Could the Deeney and Ighalo partnership be broken up? (Photo : Getty Images )
Could the Deeney and Ighalo partnership be broken up? (Photo: Getty Images )

Will Odion go?

With the new season still several weeks ago, there is likely to be more movement in and out of Vicarage Road. One player who has been heavily linked with a move away is Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo. After setting the Championship alight with Deeney two years ago, the pair continued their form in the Premier League before Christmas. Yet Ighalo suffered a drop in form, despite rejecting a move to China to remain in England and being linked with Manchester United.

This transfer window has seen West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis express his interest in the powerful forward, particularly as a replacement for the potential departure of Saido Berahino who is in talks with Stoke City

Watford fans are getting used to witnessing the revolving Vicarage Road door for both players and managers alike and this summer looks set to be no different for the North London club.