Gomes open to PSV return

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Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes says he would be interested in returning to the Eredivisie, but only if former employers PSV Eindhoven come calling.

Former Brazil international Gomes was on the verge of retiring at the end of the 2018/19 season, which would have brought his 17-year senior career to an end, but he made a U-turn on his decision after being persuaded by Watford to keep playing.

The 38-year-old admitted he was “mentally tired” towards the end of the previous campaign and had lost the appetite to play football, having failed to make a single Premier League appearance last term.

However, the shot-stopper, who joined the Hornets in 2014 from Tottenham Hotspur, rediscovered his love for the game and he signed a contract extension at Vicarage Road until the summer of 2020.

Gomes is yet to appear in England’s top flight this season, staying behind Ben Foster in the pecking order, but he has been used as the cup keeper once again, playing in both EFL Cup victories.

It was thought the keeper would be hanging up his gloves at the end of this season but, when speaking about his plans for the future, the Brazilian says he is keen to keep playing.

Gomes played for PSV from 2004-2008 before making the switch to Spurs and he admits he would jump at the chance to return to his former employers, although they would be the only side he would play for in the Netherlands.

“The Eredivisie will only see me when one club calls, PSV,” he told Dutch publication Voetbal Primeur. “Maybe I can keep it up for a while, but if that doesn’t happen, you won’t see me play in the Netherlands anymore. Unfortunately.”

Rock-bottom Watford are back in action on Saturday when they make the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on a struggling Spurs outfit that have lost their last two games, a 7-2 Champions League loss at home to Bayern Munich and a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton.

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