Xisco Munoz’s Watford have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Premier League campaign regarding Joao Pedro.
That’s according to The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal, who claimed in a post on Twitter that the 19-year-old centre-forward has signed a new deal with the Hornets that will keep him at Vicarage Road until the summer of 2027.
The £9m-rated Brazilian had previously been on a contract that ran until 2025, however, Cristiano Giaretta has now secured a further two years on the youngster’s deal.
Having joined Watford from Fluminense in January 2020 in what was a £3.6m deal, Pedro has already gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular in Xisco Munoz’s side, having featured 45 times for the club.
In the season just past, the £20k-per-week hitman was in brilliant form over his 38 Championship appearances, scoring nine goals, registering two assists and creating two big chances, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game, culminating in an impressive average SofaScore match rating of 6.90 – ranking him as the Hornets’ joint 13th-best performer in the second tier.
Furthermore, despite his tender age, Pedro’s return of 11 direct goal involvements saw him better the likes of both Troy Deeney and Andre Gray, who managed seven goals and three assists and five goals and one assist in the Championship respectively.
And, with the difficult task of ensuring that Watford retain their status as a top-flight team come the end of next season, Pedro is a player who will undoubtedly play a huge part in the Hornets’ chances in achieving this feat – so, tying him down to a longer contract this summer and, thus, putting any interested parties off a potential swoop in the upcoming transfer window is something of a masterstroke by Giaretta.
As such, considering just how much potential the Brazilain – whom Xisco dubbed an “exciting” player – appears to possess, the news that Watford have secured a further two years on his contract is a huge coup for the club, as well as something that is likely to leave fans buzzing.