Imran Louza has said that he decided to join Watford after conversations with head coach Xisco Munoz.

The midfielder's signing was officially announced yesterday as the Hornets continue their preparations ahead of next season.

In a post on Instagram, the 22-year-old, who is joining for an undisclosed fee from Nantes on a five-year deal, thanked his former club and said that discussions with Munoz led him to believe that Watford were an "ideal club" for him to continue his development.

"I don't know where to start, just gonna speak with my heart," he said.

"A lot of emotion to leave my city, my club where I learned everything, the fantastic atmosphere of Beaujoire. From my first license, my first aspiring contract, my first professional contract, my first match, my first goal. After an exhausting year at all levels, I understood some criticisms but know my Nantes family that I have always given everything on the pitch to fight for this club that I love so deeply.

"The choice fell on the Premier League and @watfordfcofficial. An ideal club after several discussions with coach Xisco.

"Once again I would like to thank you because without you we would be nothing. It is the end of an adventure, of course, but I will forever remain an unwavering supporter.

"A big thank you to President Kita, Frank and the coaches I have known here for giving me all this confidence. My City, my club, my supporters, we'll meet again one day.

"Who does not jump is not NANTAIS."

In a post on the Watford website, Louza is described as a left-footer "capable of playing out wide but predominantly occupies a central midfield position, either in a defensive role or further forward.

"A talented passer, Louza is also skilled in dead-ball situations, taking corners, free-kicks and penalties at his former club."

Speaking to the website, the new arrival said he hopes to bring his "personal touch" to the Hornets.

“I took the decision that I want to continue my improvement and progression, so I am very happy to be here at Watford to achieve this," he added. "I wanted to discover a new culture, a new competition and a new league. I want to achieve some new challenges.

“My ambitions are first of all to adapt, and then to try to bring my personal touch to a successful team, and to improve the team.”