Football - Zola reveals Deeney talks

Gianfranco Zola has no intention of allowing Troy Deeney to leave the club and has revealed Watford are in talks with the striker over a new deal.

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Deeney's brace in the 4-0 win at Birmingham takes his tally to 13 for the season and the forward, who is out of contract in the summer, was recently linked with a move to Premier League side Aston Villa.

But Zola, despite admitting he could play at a higher level, insists Deeney is going nowhere.

"We want to keep him, I believe he wants to stay so we're working on getting him signed," the Italian said.

"He's 24 years old and a player who has been improving game by game. I don't see why he can't play at a different level."

Birmingham-born Deeney, a boyhood Blues fan, scored twice either side of a solo effort from man of the match Ikechi Anya, who also set up Deeney for both his goals.

Almen Abdi then fired home a fourth late on as the Hornets moved up one place to third in the npower Championship table.

"It was a very good result, a good performance," Zola said.

"I think there were some spells in the game which we were really good, I rate it one of the best performances considering the (injury) difficulties we had. But I do think we've played some better games than this."

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