Update: Dutch international Leroy Fer puts talk of his Norwich City future on hold after making Holland’s provisional World Cup squad

Norwich City's Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer will put any talk of his future on hold until after the World Cup. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer will put any talk of his future on hold until after the World Cup. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
1:36 PM

Norwich City’s Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer is putting any talk of his future on hold until after the World Cup.

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The 24-year-old was named in Louis van Gaal’s 30-man provisional squad for Brazil on Tuesday evening after his first season at Carrow Road ended in relegation from the Premier League.

Fer was impressive during the opening months of the campaign following his move from FC Twente but the midfielder’s hamstring injury curtailed any regular involvement over the run-in. Fer scored four goals in 32 appearances but quoted in Dutch football magazine, SoccerNews, he insisted he had improved following his move to England.

“That (relegation) is not nice, but I have become a better player this season,” he said. “The English football was getting used to, but it has made me stronger. Unfortunately we were as a team is not able to maintain in the Premier League us.”

Fer will now link up with the likes of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben at a pre-World Cup training camp in Portugal before prospective Manchester United manager van Gaal trims his squad for the final warm up friendlies against Ghana and Wales.

Fer reiterated his sole focus is featuring for the Oranje in south America in coming weeks rather than his club future after forcing his way back into the Holland set-up for their final World Cup qualifiers earlier this season.

“You can not specify in advance where your future lies. That’s why it’s called ‘the future’. I see it all after any World Cup and/or vacation,” he said.

Fer still has three years left on the Norwich deal he signed at Carrow Road last summer.

• Fer’s Norwich team mate Nathan Redmond has also earned international recognition with a call-up for England’s Under-21s’ Uefa European Championship qualifer next week against Wales followed by this summer’s Toulon tournament.

Garth Southgate’s Young Lions face their Welsh counterparts on Monday at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium before flying out to France to take on Qatar, Colombia, Brazil and the Korean Rebulic later this month.

32 comments

  • too physical???? Have you seen Fer play? Getting physical is one thing he doesn't mind. One of the strongest tacklers you'll see and pays for it with the amount of Yellows sadly.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Don't think he will suit the championship,too physical,sell him and get our money back and buy someone who will track back and give 100%,unlike fer.

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Oh, Goss, you`ve succumbed to the dreaded Likesof Virus. Keep away from Divot. There are huge resources going into finding a cure. First step is to eliminate the source, Count Davittcula. Hang some samphire and oilseed around your windows at night. Treat Newsferatu to a large, hearty stake. Preferably near a river, say at the Rushcutters. He may be hydrophobic or even rabid.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • There is no downside to him being in the Dutch squad. I hope he makes it, we will all benefit. On another point, even given my post-operative weakness, I'd still like to give CH a slap for losing to WBA. That game was a shambles and cost us the league.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Fer's a great player that has shown flashes of his brilliance with us, truth is he'd look better in a higher quality team and not next to the likes of Johnson. Expect to see him in an Everton shirt or something similar next season.

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I do agree in part Powers though. He certainly hasnt lived up to the hype the club gave players like him and RVW. It was almost like the club got excited because it was finally spending some real money and couldn't hide its excitement. Not a sentence would pass where they didnt refer to RVW as "the clubs record signing". Similar with Fer when he scored a goal and went over board saying "we cant wait to see Leroy Fer's new NCFC goal celebration 'The Canary' at Carrow Road" and he didnt score again after that point. No doubt ive seen enough flashes of Fer's quality but if he stays I just pray he knuckles down and stays fit.First half of the season he looked so strong in the midfield and had the technical ability as well. Bit like if you combined Johnson & Howson. After his long injury lay off he just didnt look up to speed but then again Neil Adams did admit they rushed him back. Im sure if a club came in he'd be interested (like 99% of the squad) but I dont get the impression he doesn't want to be here or anything like that from the encounters ive had with him.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • A short and friendly comment, in support of LincsCan`s, ethered twice despite editing - just in case words `the likes of` "regress" may have been categorised as "offensive" by Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Mattias333 - I did not realise that Fer had been that hands-on with the supporters. For that I commend him and soften my stance somewhat. However, I still feel he lacked something this season. Whether we will see more from him in the Championship is debatable, but if he wants to be here then I want him here. I'll never pop shot any single player unless I think they deserve it. Maybe Fer does, maybe he doesn't.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Good point, Lincs. It seems that players regressed under the Hughton régime. Only Olsson seemed to maintain his form, as others underachieved. Neil Adams had far too little time to reverse the deterioration. We need a dynamic, positive manager to make sure we keep and get the players we want, and put them through a useful pre-season. Not use pre-season to engender negativity, then single out and exclude those guilty of scoring - eg Vaughan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Easy to say that at a glance but out of all the players we signed Fer was the one taking extra time out for the fans and importantly the kids who look up to him. He was the one who always took extra time when coming out for training to sign autographs and talk with fans. He was the one at full time sunday who still came out in his training gear to do the awkward lap of appreciation to thank the fans, while others like Elmander, RVW, Garrido, Pilks, Hoolahan etc didnt appear despite being in the tunnel at full time & Russell Martin asking them to come round with the squad. If he's hear next season ill be thrilled as hes a quality player who certainly wasnt getting anyone moaning about him before his injury.All players have an eye on potential moves. Unless they are die hard NCFC fans they'd be silly to rule out any moves and even the likes of Ruddy did similar things so I wouldnt read to much into articles found on this site. I'd expect the club to do business if a big offer came in because his wages are likely very high. For championship level anyway but ill be behind any players still here come next season. Even ones ive been vocal about not liking (Bradley Johnson for example). Getting a bit bored of everyone taking a pop at someone now. We've been woeful as a club, not individuals.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Hope he goes to be honest. Overrated from start to finish, never looked like he wanted to really be here. Fer was hoping for other clubs above us to do a little window shopping so he could jump ship at the first opportunity. Looks like he's found that opportunity with relegation.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I Fer one hope he has a great World Cup. That way it'll push his transfer value up. He's not going to stay with us for one bit. Any player who doesn't want to stay should go. If however they've got time on their contract I'd rather seem them loaned out. Nothing to lose that way, if they're good in another PL team, more clubs will come knocking.

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • What's happened to the view that there's nothing wrong with the present crop of players that a change of manager would not put right?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Over-rated. Blows hot and cold. At times he looks powerful and to possess some quality, at other times his touch lets him down. Never looks completely in control of the ball. He was also one of those who looked disinterested towards the end of the season. No great loss, although he could well excel in The Championship if he stayed.

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    Smudger75

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Preston- I agree entirely with you. He's talented but lazy. No point having the talent, if you're not going to use it. We took a chance on him when Everton wouldn't, because of his medical problems. He's one to cash in on tbh. His reputation seems better than his actual performances on the park + I'd rather have the cash in the bank than him in the squad next season.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • ncfc boy, no such luck for you, I have been a fan thick and thin since 78. I live in Canada these days so won't get much opportunity to see them, maybe some streaming...by the way was recruited to Canada for my intelligence, now go floss your teeth.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I`m totally in love with this reconstructed version of Dubai Canary. Olly G is out! Nordic Adonis replaced by Asian Delight. Lovely Jalebi. Btw, Dubya, Norwich were not good enough to finish above 18th place. Therein lies the rhubarb. I think, if you came and met the Wise Old Gits from the East in the Pargeter`s Pants, you could morph into a fairly sensible person. Trouble is, you`d have to deal with the Bad & Banned Blaffen Wijs. Hard call.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • If that's the calibre of the Dutch squad then let's hope we play them in the latter rounds. For me the England team is under rated and we may surprise a few people in the finals.

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    spark

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Oh dear sounds like David Moyes must of been out when David McNally came calling or maybe he had caller display and thought your avin a laugh..........(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Fer goodness sake, whats all the fuss about. The futures bright, the futures orange. Hope he doesn't come back exhausted from the world cup! Maybe Van Gaal will want him at Man Utd!!

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    Cap Canary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • A player with bags of potential if coached correctly. Very poor last few months however. Unfortunately if he has said this he's been misguided. He and all the other players that got us in this mess should say nothing but "i'll stay and fight to get back up unless the club tell me otherwise". If he gets in to the Dutch world cup squad on current form then it shows we are not doing too badly for talent here in England...

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    Crazy canary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I agree that he is a player with quality, but too many times this season he didn't bother to track his runner. Whether that is a flaw in his game or the fact that he couldn't be bothered I don't know. For me, I can't imagine him staying and I am not that bothered to be honest.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • “Unfortunately we were as a team is not able to maintain in the Premier League us.” Methinks something has been lost in translation, a bit like one of last season's team talks to City's United Nations flops.

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    Outside The Box

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • It is irrelevant to talk of his long contract. Soccer players are notorious for breaking and renegotiating contracts. As for this particular very poor quality team ,Fer included, it is hard to see who would want them. A shame because they have proved useless to the City.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • It's the grade of fan with intelligence of the one below who will hopefully be put off Norwich by not being in the premier league.

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    ncfc boy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Yes put him and Wolfswinkle in the Dutch team...that would help eliminate Holland from getting out of their group. Come on England!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • This is a totally misleading article and send out an inaccurate message. Fer has made a somewhat cryptic statement about where his future may lie beyond the WC and the summer. The fact is, he still has three years left on his contract at Norwich, so I'd imagine he is going nowhere for now. Hope we are not going to have to spend the whole summer reading this kind of speculative rubbish. With that said if Fer - or any other Player who contributed to City's relegation this season - decides that they are too 'special' to stay at NCFC I would say lets get rid of them now. Clearly the squad were not good enough to finish above 17th place in the PL and the players were just as culpable as any management and coaching staff. What we need is players who want to be here and play for the club - if they consider themselves above that, then I don't think there is any need for them to stay. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • What's to discus. He was happy to sign a nice long contract that still has three years to run. Too good for the Championship?

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    SummerD

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Agree LYB. Would be a massive + if hes still around next season. Bothered to do the lap of appreciation despite being moaned at by a small majority this season. Many other 'fan favs' didnt bother. Cant deny his quality just need him fit and focused.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • If he can't be as** to help us in the Championdhip then goodbye.Overrated.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Definitely one I'd like to stay if possible.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Enjoy the World Cup [if and its a big IF you are selected] Leroy. It will be the last time you get any time on the ball.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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