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Troy Deeney exclusive: Striker opens with Watford exit, Spurs phone call and Manuel Almunia role in book

fter a touching exit from Watford, Troy Deeney begins a new chapter in his boyhood club Birmingham.

But the striker is still texting the Watford staff, from those working in the canteen to owner Gino Pozzo, and one day he would like to return to the club where he spent 11 years and scored 140 goals in 419 appearances.

“I don’t know in what capacity I would go back, but there are many avenues where we could still have a working relationship,” Deeney says. “There are no bad feelings there.”

Deeney speaks to Standard Sport about his career and his powerful new autobiography, Redemption, which was released this week and gives a brutally honest account of his life to date.

He revealed how former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia played an important role in his decision to write his own book.

Deeney sat with Almunia in a jubilant dressing room in Vicarage Road, after scoring a memorable winner against Leicester in a Championship qualifying semi-final in 2013.

“I remember after this goal – the one from which I can never move away – Almunia said to me: ‘You have to write these things because when your career is over you will remember it badly,'” said Deeney.

“I have a notepad and write stuff in it all the time. I’m on notepad five now.

These notebooks helped shape part of Deeney’s new book.

His early childhood was especially heartbreaking, as he explains what life was like on a municipal estate in Solihull when his mother worked three times and his father was a drug dealer.

While writing his book, he ventured into his roots with his mother, Emma, ​​to tell what life was like.

“I think she has trauma too, and we were just unpacking it together,” he says. “It was good pain, good tears.


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