Almunia signs Watford deal

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola says it is ‘fantastic’ after

veteran goalkeeper Manuel Almunia signed a new one-year

contract.

Almunia joined Watford last summer on a 12-month deal after

leaving Arsenal and he made 43 appearances for the Championship

club.

He played an integral role in Watford finishing third in the

table before impressing in the play-off final defeat by Crystal

Palace at Wembley.

The 36-year-old had been considering his options and the

Spaniard had been linked with a return to La Liga amid reports of

interest from Valencia.

However, he has decided to sign a new one-year deal at Vicarage

Road and Zola is delighted that Almunia will be part of his plans

for the 2013/14 campaign.

“It’s fantastic that Manuel has signed a new contract for next

season,” Zola told the club’s official website.

“His experience and influence are so important for us and the

impact he had at Watford last season was magnificent.”