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Watford boss Gracia backing Deulofeu for Spain recall

Watford boss Javi Gracia believes Gerard Deulofeu is already catching the eye of Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.

On-loan from Barcelona, Deulofeu was outstanding for victory over Chelsea on Monday night.

“He is a very good player," said Gracia, who takes his side to West Ham tomorrow.

“I do not know in the future what will happen. I want to focus on him playing well for Watford.

“Maybe in the summer the national team will call him, who knows?"

Deulofeu has also been praised by team-mate Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Doucoure said: “We are happy to have him in the squad and hopefully he will play like he did against Chelsea every weekend."

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