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Transfer Rater: Bellerin to Barcelona

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has no intention of leaving the club in January

Watford striker Odion Ighalo insists he will be going nowhere in January as his reputation continues to grow.

Ighalo, 26, has scored 14 Premier League goals this season -- a number only bettered by Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Everton's Romelu Lukaku -- and netted more goals in 2015 than any other player in the whole of English football.

That has led to reports that Spanish side Atletico Madrid are tracking his progress ahead of the opening of the transfer window this weekend, but the Nigeria international is committed to Watford.

"I want to finish the season strongly with Watford and prove that we have a good bunch of players here," he told BBC Sport. "When the focus is on a strong finish, transfer talk will not get to you.

"I haven't really bothered myself about statistics because I've always had my feet on the ground and I never forget where I come from.

"I am just focused on getting better, doing things right on the pitch and being myself on the pitch."

Odion Ighalo has been one of the revelations of the season.

He joined Watford on loan from Udinese in the summer of 2014, with the move being made permanent a few months later. He scored 20 Championship goals as the Hornets were promoted to the top flight in second place behind AFC Bournemouth.

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is confident Ighalo knows where his future should lie.

"I think Ighalo is completely clever, he chose five months ago the option to stay here with Watford," Flores said last month. "He chose to stay here because he imagined something special for him.

"It's very clever, he knew perfectly it was the best option for him. I think he'll finish the season with Watford, after that anybody knows."


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