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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has no interest in swapping Norwich for Swansea City after being strongly linked with a transfer window move.
Redmond rejected the Swans’ advances last summer to re-join his former mentor Chris Hughton at Carrow Road and nothing has changed to alter the teenager’s view he made the right call.
“I’m happy here. I have only been here six months. I am enjoying my football and I think I am at the best place to learn,” he said. “I did hear bits and pieces about the fact there was some interest from Swansea in the summer, but I chose to come to Norwich in the end and I feel I have made the correct decision. No-one has told me about any bid or whatever, but I wouldn’t be interested anyway. I am 19 and there are not many English players of my age operating in the Premier League so I consider myself very fortunate.”
Redmond has made 24 appearances for the Canaries since his switch from hometown club Birmingham and the talented wide midfielder is only focused on helping sink Newcastle on Tuesday to continue City’s upward trajectory.
“I think there was bit of nervousness around the place before Hull and the bottom half is so tight that one win took us from 16th or so up to 12th in the table,” he said. “Now we know we have another task on our hands against Newcastle. Of course you know there was a bit of pressure on the manager but really it is the players who go out there and they have to perform and dig out a win. We managed to do that against Hull and we need to try and do that again. I think it is all about getting that bit of consistency. We have not been able to pick up back-to-back wins. We seem to win one and then maybe follow up with a draw or a defeat. That is the Premier League.”
Redmond and the rest of his Norwich team mates will show their support pre-match for the Kick It Out racism campaign, with the teenager one of a select group of ambassadors committed to spreading the message.
“It’s a great honour to be an ambassador,” he said. “I think coming from Birmingham that is a diverse place so I am probably able to reflect that and also the message they want to get out. I’ve had a few experiences of racism when I was much younger, maybe six or seven playing football in the Sunday League. I didn’t really know too much about what was going on. I just remember my Mum going mad at referees and the coaches of the other side for saying things, but it is coming to a point now where a lot more people are aware of what is right and what is wrong. You are not born with racism. I don’t think it is bad as it is portrayed. What happens when there is an incident is its a hot topic for one or two weeks. We are role models and we need to set a good example.”