William Troost-Ekong has described Watford's promotion to the Premier League as one of the highlights of his career.
The Nigeria defender say it vindicates his decision to leave Serie A for the English second tier.
He told ESPN that moment ranked among the proudest of his career: “Playing for the Super Eagles was one of the biggest achievements in my young career.
“I have had other moments in time that meant a lot to me, like the promotion with FC Dordrecht [in the Netherlands] when I was 20 or 21 and also playing consistently in Turkey.
“Playing in the Serie A, playing at the World Cup, Olympics, there are so many different moments.
“But I feel like this one means a lot more now, because it's been a real long-term goal [to play in the Premier League]… to achieve that, by achieving all these smaller goals along the way, that's why this one means even more.”
The ambition, of course, will be for the Hornets to remain in the top flight for as long as possible.
Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family in Italy, and players have sometimes moved between the clubs, but Nigeria's vice-captain said the decision to join the Hornets was his alone.
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