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Richarlison has revealed how Marco Silva convinced him to join Watford instead of Ajax 

The Brazilian wonderkid looked all set to join the Dutch giants before Silva intervened

After six Premier League games, two goals and a chant to boot, Watford’s Richarlison has enjoyed a dream start to life in England. 

The Brazilian wonderkid’s move to Hertfordshire was one of the most surprising transfers of the summer, with plenty of other clubs – including Chelsea and Manchester United – reportedly interested in the youngster.


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Richarlison (right) has enjoyed a great start to his career in England

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Richarlison (right) has enjoyed a great start to his career in England

Speaking to the Watford Observer, the former Fluminense forward even revealed that he came very close to joining Dutch giants Ajax in July before Silva convinced him otherwise.

Recalling the moment Silva called him for the first time, he said: “I was at home, if I’m not mistaken on a Sunday night, I think.

“He called me and told me he wanted me here at Watford, that he knew of my potential, that I could play three positions in the attack.

“And when he called me I got super happy.

“That day, if I’m not mistaken, I already had the Ajax proposal, everything was already agreed.

“Marco Silva called me then, so I changed my mind”.

Marco Silva has the gift of the gab

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Marco Silva has the gift of the gab

Certainly a brave decision, but one that is going very well so far.

Richarlison made his Premier League debut in the second-half of Watford’s crazy season opener against Liverpool, which ended 3-3.

He’s since scored two goals as the Hornets have risen to sixth place in the table after six games.


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He’s also amassed a tidy overall total of 31 points on Dream Team so far, making him the game’s highest scoring Watford player.

The Brazilian youngster has already become a fan favourite

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The Brazilian youngster has already become a fan favourite

The 20-year-old’s speed, skill and trickery has already seen him become a fan favourite at the club and he even has his own unique chant.

He said: “I already feel at home, I feel like I’m in Brazil

“My teammates welcomed me very well, especially [fellow Brazilian Heurelho] Gomes.

“He’s the guy who helps me a lot, sorted everything for me, home, car.”