Watford have confirmed they have received no offers for Nathan Ellington and expect their highest paid player to return to the club.
Ellington’s year-long loan at Greek side Skoda Xanthi ends on January 1 and he was scheduled to return to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
“Nathan’s current situation is that he will come back to us as his loan deal runs out and he is our player,” Hornets manager Malky Mackay confirmed.
“We have not had any official enquiries at the moment for Nathan. We have a period coming up where teams look to bring players in during the window again, where in the last couple of months it has been quiet. So I would expect to start taking phone calls.”
When asked about the possibility of Ellington re-signing for Xanthi, Mackay replied: “I don’t think anything is out of the question at all, it comes down to a decision as to what Nathan would like to do or what the Greek team would like to do.
“He knows the situation he is in at the moment and it is up to himself and other teams to do something about that.”
Ellington, who has six months left on his Watford contract, made a number of revelations on social networking site Twitter this week, confirming former club Bristol Rovers were one of the teams interested in a possible loan move.
The 29-year-old stated he wants to return to England and when asked by one Watford fan why he wouldn’t follow John Eustace in renegotiating his contract to secure first-team football, indicated he couldn’t play for Watford even if the club wanted him to because it would trigger extra payments to West Bromwich Albion.
Another Watford fan had previously asked Ellington if he was “embarrassed” by his contribution since signing for Watford for £3.25m in 2007.
The ‘Duke’ responded: “Not embarrassed, just disappointed with myself. That’s the only club where I didn’t have good stats. First year on the bench and playing pure long ball didn’t help.”
He added: “Under Malky was great to be honest, but the damage was already done. Financial troubles meant I can’t play even if they wanted.
“I’ll move to another club. I have no doubt I’ll be flying again, I feel great and can’t wait to go somewhere and play regularly again.”