Watford loan signing Alexander Merkel turned down offers from clubs in Germany to move to Vicarage Road

Merkel playing for AC Milan in January 2011. Picture: Action Images

Merkel playing for AC Milan in January 2011. Picture: Action Images

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Watford's new signing Alexander Merkel says he turned down a number of offers from Germany to move to Vicarage Road.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Kazakhstan but has represented Germany at youth levels, left Udinese to sign for the Hornets on loan until the end of the season.

Merkel told the Watford Observer last week that it was his decision to join the Golden Boys and the creative midfielder now claims he also had offers from the Bundesliga.

"I had offers from clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2," Merkel told Sport Bild magazine.

"But in view of the co-operation between Udinese and Watford, it was easier to take this step."

For the Watford Observer's full interview with Merkel click here.

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12:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table.

HC
Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table. HC Hornet Cornet
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12:47pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Does merkel not know we sign who we want ?
Does merkel not know we sign who we want ? jasonwatford
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1:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

demerit says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table.

HC
What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table. HC[/p][/quote]What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller. demerit
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2:01pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jsjf1979 says...

demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table.

HC
What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller.
??!!! what a t00l
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table. HC[/p][/quote]What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller.[/p][/quote]??!!! what a t00l jsjf1979
  • Score: 12

3:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Abbotshorn says...

Every player can say what they want, and some do to inflate ego's and prices. Hoping this isnt the case here, time will tell when we eventually get to see him play COYH's
Every player can say what they want, and some do to inflate ego's and prices. Hoping this isnt the case here, time will tell when we eventually get to see him play COYH's Abbotshorn
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

demerit says...

jsjf1979 wrote:
demerit wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table.

HC
What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller.
??!!! what a t00l
Cheers mate! Come on, loosen up!
[quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Good luck to you Merkel. Hope you fit into Beppe's style of play and that you help propel us up the table. HC[/p][/quote]What he hasn't said is that the Bundesliga clubs' offers were as a programme seller.[/p][/quote]??!!! what a t00l[/p][/quote]Cheers mate! Come on, loosen up! demerit
  • Score: -5

11:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

GarstonHorn says...

The missing piece to our jigsaw
The missing piece to our jigsaw GarstonHorn
  • Score: 4

12:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

longcliffe says...

I have heard it was Bayern and Dortmund after him, but Merkel turned them down to join League One bound Watford. You couldn't make it up!!!
I have heard it was Bayern and Dortmund after him, but Merkel turned them down to join League One bound Watford. You couldn't make it up!!! longcliffe
  • Score: -4

2:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mr Dactyl says...

longcliffe wrote:
I have heard it was Bayern and Dortmund after him, but Merkel turned them down to join League One bound Watford. You couldn't make it up!!!
You really are a pr!ck that knows f@@k all
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: I have heard it was Bayern and Dortmund after him, but Merkel turned them down to join League One bound Watford. You couldn't make it up!!![/p][/quote]You really are a pr!ck that knows f@@k all Mr Dactyl
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