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William Troost-Ekong has taken to social media to say his goodbyes to Udinese as he nears a move to Watford.
The 27-year-old Nigerian centre-back has been with the Little Zebras since the 2018-19 season, when he joined from Turkish outfit Bursaspor.
He has been a regular fixture in the Udinese squad since then, racking up 66 appearances in all competitions, all which have seen the club comfortably avoid relegation, finishing 12th and 13th, with 43 and 45 points, in respective seasons
Troost-Ekong’s time in Udine is, however, coming to an end with an eminent switch to Vicarage Road as reported by Watford Observer, set to be completed soon.
Though he participated in pre-season, Troost-Ekong was an unused substitute in Udinese’s season opener at Hellas Verona on Sunday, the game ending in a 1-0 loss following Andrea Favilli’s 57th-minute strike.
“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.
Watford manager, Vladimir Ivic, had previously described Troost-Ekong as a quality player
and will be a good addition to the squad if he joined the Championship side as they hope to return to the top flight.
“I know him as a quality player and he will be one of the players who will help us in the future if he will join us,” Ivic said after the goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Troost-Ekong represented the Netherlands at the youth level before switching allegiance to Nigeria.
He is among the Nigeria squad that will take on Algeria and Tunisia in international friendlies
on October 9 and 13, respectively.