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Published on 21st September, 2015
Having just signed a new three year deal with newly promoted Watford, Almen Abdi poses by the Sir Elton John Stand outside the club’s ground.
The Swiss international was Watford’s player of the season in 2012/13 having been signed initially on loan by Gianfranco Zola before the deal was made permanent.