By G9ija

Watford have confirmed midfielder Peter Etebo will not extend his loan stay with the side ahead of the new season.

Despite the Hornets having an option to buy the 26-year-old Nigeria international on a permanent deal, they have confirmed he will return to his parent club Stoke City.

According to a statement on the club’s official website, Etebo is among five players who have been released. The others are goalkeeper Ben Foster, Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou, forward Andre Gray, and Juraj Kucka, who decided to activate a release clause in his contract.

“Following the conclusion of the 2021-22 Premier League season, Watford can confirm that five first-team players have left the club,” read part of the statement.

“Juraj Kucka has chosen to activate a release clause in his contract, bringing an end to his one-season stay in Hertfordshire, while fellow midfielder Peter [Etebo] has returned to parent club Stoke City following his loan spell at Vicarage Road.