Leicester forward Islam Slimani reveals Watford talks
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 08/10/17 10:20am
Leicester forward Islam Slimani has revealed he held a discussion with Marco Silva in the summer about a proposed move to Watford.
The Algeria international joined the Foxes from Sporting Lisbon for a club-record £28m fee following their 2015/16 Premier League title success, but scored just eight goals during his debut campaign in England.
Slimani enjoyed a more productive spell working under Silva during their time together at Sporting, scoring 15 goals during the Portuguese's sole season at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in 2014/15.
The 29-year-old says he felt tempted by the prospect of linking up with his former boss at Vicarage Road before Leicester made it clear he was not for sale.
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"I had a conversation with Marco Silva, who was my coach at Sporting, and he was very interested in having me on the team," Slimani told Algerian newspaper Le Buteur.
"He presented me with a magnificent project, but unfortunately it did not materialise. The leaders of Leicester City told me they wanted me here.
"But they are things of the past, now I am focused on my team."
Slimani, who has over three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at the King Power, has scored three times so far this season for Leicester, but is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.