Nordin Amrabat has claimed clubs in Spain wanted to sign him in the summer but he turned them down to fight for his Watford future.
Amrabat has impressed for the Hornets so far this season after forcing his way into Walter Mazzarri's plans.
It has been a turnaround for the Moroccan winger, who largely had to settle for a role as a substitute last season under previous coach Quique Sanchez Flores, and he was linked with a move away in the summer.
Amrabat has now revealed there were Spanish sides interested but he opted to stay at Vicarage Road, which was always his "preference".
He said: "There were clubs in Spain who wanted to take me on loan but I was waiting to see what happened in pre-season, because of course my preference was to stay at Watford if possible.
"For me it was important to fight for my place and prove myself here. I'd only been here since January and I’m a fighter, so I was sure I wanted to stay."