Marco Motta will be aiming to reignite his fading career at Watford, having become something of a figure of fun at Juventus.
The Bianconeri spent €5million to take the 28-year-old from Udinese in the summer of 2011, after he had impressed whilst on loan at the club the previous season when he made 22 Serie A appearances. But as soon as he had made the permanent switch he was deemed surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte, who would go on to lead the Turin giants to three successive Scudetto’s.
Whilst Juventus were celebrating these successes Motta was trying to prove his worth during a series of loan moves, with Catania, Bologna and, for the second half of last season, Genoa. He returned to his parent club in the summer, but despite Massimiliano Allegri now in charge, he remained on the outside and had earned a reputation as a figure of fun amongst the supporters.
The fullback was released when his contract was terminated by mutual consent during the recent winter window, and he has since been on the lookout for a new club. Having rejected the chance to link up with Norwich City in the summer, the one-cap Italy defender has eventually wound up in the English Championship after signing for Watford subject to international clearance.
The Hornets have a strong Italian connection, as the club is owned by Gino Pozzo who appointed Raffaele Riva as chairman, whilst previous managers include Gianfranco Zola and Giuseppe Sannino. The promotion-chases, who are currently in a playoff position, can also call upon Gabriel Angella, Gianni Munari and Fernando Forestieri amongst their first team playing squad.