Troost-Ekong signs five-year contract with Watford
English Championship side Watford have completed the signing of the Super Eagles defender from Udinese
William Troost-Ekong, having spent two years with Udinese, yesterday, sent a farewell message to the club fans.
“Good morning! Just a few words to thank everyone. After two special years, the time has come to change and leave,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.
“Special thanks to all my friends and teammates, the staff, the club and of course our fans. Thanks a lot to everyone and good luck to Udinese. Forza Udinese always. A big hug. Your Willy,” the defender said in an Instagram post.
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However, the 27-year-old has been announced as a Hornet — as Watford confirmed that the Nigerian international has signed a five-year contract with the club.
A statement on Watford’s official website read: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international defender William Troost-Ekong on a permanent transfer.”
Troost-Ekong alongside Guinean starlet Djibril Toure becomes the new addition to Vladimir Ivic’s squad.
The 42 capped Super Eagles defender has spent the past two years in Italy with Udinese, playing 66 times for the Serie A side since his arrival from Turkish Süper Lig outfit Bursaspor in 2018.
Born in the Netherlands, he began his senior career in the Eredivisie with Groningen and Dordrecht before spells in Belgium and Norway, with Gent and Haugesund respectively.
A former Netherlands youth international, Troost-Ekong made his senior international debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has since proven himself to be an important part of the Super Eagles’ defence, playing three times at the World Cup in Russia and making six appearances at last year’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Ekong’s career began with Tottenham Hotspur although, as a youth player and never making it into the first team
The 2019 AFCON Bronze medalist, who will now wear done Watford No. 5 on joining the Hornets wrote on Twitter, “New chapter @WatfordFC! Happy to be here and ready to get started!”
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