Getafe playmaker Pablo Sarabia has put an end to speculation linking him with a Bosman move to Watford by committing himself to the La Liga side until 2019 in a new deal. The club expressed delight over the agreement after the former Real Madrid academy standout became their star player this season, scoring five goals and providing 23 assists in 19 La Liga matches.
"Pablo Sarabia has renewed his contract with Getafe for the next three seasons and will remain at the club until 2019," the Spanish side confirmed in an official statement. "The player will therefore continue at Getafe after being at the club since the 2011-2012 season. Both the club and the player are very pleased to have reached this agreement."
The 23-year-old star had been constantly linked with a move to Vicarage Road since manager Quique Sanchez Flores took over in the summer of 2015. The Spanish boss was eager to reunite with the playmaker after he had served as one of his generals at Getafe, similar to his moves for former Atletico Madrid players Jose Manuel Jurado and Mario Suarez.
Speculations increased in Spain during the January transfer window as Sarabia's contract was set to expire at the end of the current season, leaving him free to negotiate a free agent move elsewhere.
AS reported last month that Flores was ready to wait until the summer to get his services for free, having already made a €2m (£1.5m, $2.2m) bid for him last summer.
But Sarabia, who has also been linked with Valencia in recent weeks, has instead decided to commit his future to Getafe by putting pen to paper on a three-year-deal.