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Watford goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg still open to loan move

Watford goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg admits he sought a move away on-loan last summer.

The Swede, 20, has struggled for first team action since his arrival from IFK Gothenburg in 2018. But he insists he is happy and settled in the area. Indeed, Dahlberg admits life off the pitch could not be better.

"Watford is a fantastic city and club. It definitely feels like I've come in well. I live a little outside London in the northern parts, so you don't hear the traffic. Life outside is absolutely top class," he told Fotbollskanalen.

Dahlberg, who joined Watford at the end of the January 2018 transfer window - signing a five-and-a-half-year permanent deal, says that a loan move was on the cards this past summer.

"It was absolutely. We tried to get a move and talked about it. But it was a difficult window for goalkeepers when quite a few moved. Sure there were some alternatives, but the club was not willing to agree to the terms offered."

Despite his youth, Dahlberg has been capped at senior level by Sweden. However, he is still to make a serious first team breakthrough at Vicarage Road. And it could lead to him moving elsewhere to step up his development.

The 20-year-old could yet be loaned out in January. Though Dahlberg insists the day-to-day work at Watford has been good for him, where he trains with senior keepers Ben Foster and Heurelo Gomes.

Dahlberg added, "Yes, but before then I will continue to train in a good environment, with high tempo and quality. At the same time, there are no match situations."

- updated October 14

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