Sheffield Wednesday: Almen Abdi snubbed offers from other clubs to join Owls

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Almen Abdi has told The Star he turned down offers from elsewhere before opting to join Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.

The attacking midfielder completed his move to Hillsborough last night, penning a three-year contract.

It is understood the Owls have spent around £4m on Abdi, who missed just six Premier League matches for Watford last term as they secured a mid-table finish.

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The Swiss international said: "I had a few offers from other clubs but I chose Wednesday because I had a feeling that it was the best choice for me in my career.

"I saw a couple of the team's games last year. I like their style of play. I'm looking forward to the new season and I hope I can settle down as quick as possible."

Abdi has revealed who persuaded him to move north and drop down a division.

"I have spoken with many people in the last few days, including Fernando [Forestieri], Daniel [Pudil] and the coach [Carlos Carvalhal]," he said. "They convinced me to join the club and I'm really happy to be here.

"It is always nice when you know a few people like Fernando and Daniel. They only told me positive things about the football club and the city."

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The 29-year-old spent four years at Vicarage Road, netting 24 times in 115 league appearances. He played an instrumental role in the Hornets securing promotion to the top-flight in 2015.

"I had a fantastic four years at Watford but this is a new chapter for me," he stressed.

Although Abdi was a first-team regular with the Hornets last season, he admits he found it frustrating playing out of position.

Abdi said: "I didn't always play in my right position. I like to play in the middle but I played a lot on the right hand side last year.

"Watford couldn't tell me I would play in my right position this year so I was looking for something else and I think Sheffield Wednesday are a perfect solution."

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