Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has predicted another busy transfer window at Vicarage Road, after the club made a huge overhaul during the last summer mercato. However, the Spanish boss said that the Hornets have to first focus on finishing the current campaign on a high ahead of the coming trip to Arsenal on 2 April.
The Hornets have already secure the services of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and promising forward Adalberto Penaranda ahead of next season as the pair were signed during the January transfer window – but sent immediately on loan to parent club Granada for the rest of this campaign.
The club have also been linked with a number of new players in recent weeks amid the speculation linking the likes of Odion Ighalo with a big-money move away, following an impressive season where he has netted 15 Premier League goals. Flores has now admitted he expects a number of new players will come to Vicarage Road in the summer to help establish the team in the top flight – as well as giving him a welcome selection dilemma.
"For sure we will have more options and it is better for the coach, but also it's hard because we can only have 25 players. Sometimes it's good but it can also be hard," the boss said, as quoted by Watford Observer.
"There are a lot of interesting players for the next year but now the most important thing is to train with the players we have in the squad, because they are the providers of this season."
The Spaniard is excited about Watford's future, but says the club still have much to do in the remainder of the season, starting with a trip to Arsenal this weekend. They recently beat the Gunners to secure a place in the FA Cup semi-final.
"I think next season is going to be very interesting. There are a lot of players coming so we will try to learn and compact the attack. But this is in three months, and we have to focus on the Premier League."
Flores, meanwhile, has ruled out a return to his homeland amid ongoing speculations linking him with a move back to Valencia following Gary Neville's dismissal.
"I'm sad for the situation of Gary Neville because every time a coach doesn't finish a project it is obviously bad news," he said. "I'm expecting Valencia will recuperate and have a good run because it is necessary for the club."
Asked about whether he would consider replacing Vicente del Bosque as national team manager after Euro 2016, he added: "Maybe Vicente del Bosque has decided to give up the national team after an amazing period and it's open for different names."
"That is not bad for me and it is good that in Spain they consider I am ready for that, but my link now is completely with Watford. It's my country and I have caps in every single category of the national team, from under-16, under-18, under-21 and Olympic to the first team.
"But I don't want to consider anything now that is not Watford. People know how I am thinking during the season when I belong to one team."
"For me it is Watford and tomorrow, Watford. In two months it will be Watford and then Watford. We have our objectives and the fans need to know we – not just the coach but also the players – are completely focused on finishing the season in the best way possible."