M’Baye Niang has asked Watford to not use their buy-out option and told L’Equipe ‘If for the good of the club and my career, I am to stay at Milan then I will stay at Milan with great pleasure!’
Niang moved to Watford in January on loan with a buy-out option set at €18m, but despite making 16 appearances in the Premier League, which include 2 goals and 2 assists, the French striker has revealed that he doesn’t wish to keep wearing the colors of The Hornets.
“My assessment of my loan spell at Watford? I only take positive things,” he said in an interview to L’Equipe. “I have evolved in a club which gave me confidence and gave me the playing time I came here for. From a collective point of view, we managed to stay up, even if I think we could have done better. In any case it was a pleasure to discover the Premier League, which was one of my dreams.
“If I want to stay at Watford? I owe a lot to the club, which allowed me to discover a new League, a new mentality and which allowed me to play regularly, which is what I aspired to. I really took a lot of pleasure from football here. But, if Watford have an option to buy which the directors want to take, I don’t see myself staying there. This is only for personal reasons, this has nothing to do with the fans – who I sincerely want to thank – but with the club, everything didn’t happen as I wanted.
“It really touches me to hear the directors say for a few weeks that they want to buy me, but I gave myself time for reflection, I weighed-up the pros and cons and, despite the great opportunity offered by Watford, I don’t see my future there. I understand the disappointment from a club which counted on me. I’d ask them for understanding though, and to accept that my decision is irrevocable.
“My future? I think first things first I’ll go back to Milan to meet the new owners of the club so I can take stock and consider every option. Then we’ll take a decision together in the interests of all parties. I’m open to every option. If, for the good of the club and my career, I’m to stay at Milan then I’ll stay at Milan with great pleasure! If not, we’ll look for a solution which benefits everyone.
“These reflections and discussions will come in due course.” It’ll be interesting to if Milan will try to sell Niang or keep him in the squad of Vincenzo Montella, who signed a contract renewal on Tuesday.
Translation credit: Football Italia