26-year-old Frenchman keen on to play in England amid Chelsea transfer links

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Chelsea long-term target Abdoulaye Doucoure has claimed that he wants to keep playing in the Premier League.

This will come as a boost to the West London club, who have been rumoured with a move for the versatile midfielder in the past.

Doucoure had appeared to be a transfer target for the Ligue 1 giants PSG and was seemingly close to finalising a move, however, he seems to have ruled out a transfer to his homeland.

In an interview with L’Equipe, Frenchman insisted that he would be happy to remain with the Hornets, but he is open to whatever will happen in the upcoming summer transfer window.

“I don’t have in mind to want to go to PSG at any particular price. I would like to stay in the Premier League, I think it’s the best place to express my qualities as a player. From there it depends on the offers and many other things, I am very open.

“If something happens then so be it, otherwise I’ll be happy with Watford’s jersey. I gave everything for three seasons, and if I stay one more season, I’ll be happy, and if I leave I’ll be happy too. Everyone knows what I want, but it may not necessarily happen as I wish.”

The prolific Frenchman has put in some stellar performances for Watford this campaign, as he has found back of the net five times and provided six assists from his 35 Premier League games.

He has been a vital player of a Hornets side that has enjoyed a great 2018/19 campaign. They secured an 11th-place finish and played the FA Cup final against Manchester City that finished the season with a 6-0 win yesterday.

Given his impressive performances, it was only a matter of time before top teams from Europe have shortlisted him ahead of the summer transfer window.